The School District of New Lisbon is served by one Instructional Media Center serving approximately 700 students in grades EC-12. This facility is centrally located to provide easy access for all students and served by one library media specialist and one librarian support staff person.
The School District of New Lisbon has an EC-12 library media program that is an integral and supportive part of the curriculum, but also provides a mechanism for choice and exploration beyond the prescribed courses of study. The IMC (Instructional Media Center) provides a wide range of resources in print, nonprint, and electronic format. The library media specialist strives to incorporate technology into teaching information literacy skills and the integration of curricular studies applied to these library skills.
The media program provides opportunities to develop student skills of locating, analyzing, evaluating, interpreting, and communicating information and ideas in this fast-paced, information-saturated world. Students are encouraged to think critically and solve problems, to observe rights and responsibilities relating to the generation and flow of information and ideas, and to appreciate the value of literature in this global society.
In today’s schools, students are presented with an ever-increasing amount of information from print, non-print, and electronic resources. Information literacy provides students with the skills needed to evaluate and locate information. Information technologies typically are the electronic tools used to gather, process, and communicate information. Students need to learn how to evaluate sources, find accurate information, access quality web sites, and be able to process this information for academic purposes.
In order for our media program to be successful, we base our beliefs on the principles outlined by the Information Power Vision Committee, reviewed and commented upon by the profession, and approved by the AASL and AECT Boards as the cardinal premises on which learning and teaching within the effective school library media program is based:
• The library media program is essential to learning and teaching and must be fully integrated into the curriculum to promote students’ achievement of learning goals.
• The information literacy standards for student learning are integral to the content and objectives of the school’s curriculum.
• The library media program models and promotes collaborative planning and curriculum development.
• The library media program models and promotes creative, effective, and collaborative teaching.
• Access to the full range of information resources and services through the library media program is fundamental to learning.
• The library media program encourages and engages students in reading, viewing, and listening for understanding and enjoyment.
• The library media program supports the learning of all students and other members of the learning community who have diverse learning abilities, styles, and needs.
• The library media program fosters individual and collaborative inquiry
• The library media program integrates the uses of technology for learning and teaching.
• The library media program is an essential link to the larger learning community.
The EC-12 media center was a new addition in 2000 that has a carpeted area divided into two sections to separate the collection into grades EC-5 and grades 6-12 materials appropriate for student ages. The west wall of the media center is comprised entirely of twenty-foot floor-to-ceiling windows giving the media center a solarium atmosphere.
Other services include the distribution of a monthly newsletter to elementary students titled Building Readers, a blog with the latest book reviews, a wiki with staff resources, various digital reading collections including Capstone Digital Library, Big Universe and Overdrive.