Library media specialists K-12 offer instruction and resources in print, audiovisual, and online formats to provide a foundation for using libraries and information resources in lifelong learning. The library program, in collaboration with classroom teachers, specialists, and staff, supports academic and recreational reading, the development of research and presentation skills integrating the use of technology, and media arts/video production. Cambridge school libraries also foster connections between the school community and local and global institutions and resources for teaching and learning.
Library media specialists collaborate with teachers and staff, consult with administrators, and instruct students in order to provide a program and environment that
- Nurtures students’ intellectual and social growth
- Translates curriculum frameworks into authentic learning activities
- Identify, acquire, and organize resources to support all areas of the curriculum
- Improve the teaching of effective literacy and information skills to enable students to acquire, judge, and use information, and create new knowledge.
- Incorporate emerging technologies into programs and curriculum-related activities
We envision the CPSD school library information technology centers as the hub of the school community. Library teachers and classroom teachers co-plan and co-teach activities that are integral to the intellectual and social development of all learners. Carefully selected and updated resources support the curriculum and developmental interests and needs of all students. Flexible and dynamic schedules and spaces allow for a variety of rich experiences. Students grow to value the library information technology center as a place for independent discovery.
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