The mission of the library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. This mission is accomplished:
by providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats
by providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, and using information and ideas
by working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.
–Information Power: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs (1988), p.1
The mission statement for Information Power: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs is as relevant today is it was in 1988, and so it remains the mission statement for the information literacy standards for student learning as well and for Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning. Although changes in society, education, and technology have transformed many of the challenges facing library media programs during the past decade, the mission itself remains the same. Today, this mission focuses on offering programs and services that are centered on information literacy and that are designed around active, authentic student learning as described in the information literacy standards for student learning. The goals of today’s library media program point to the development of a community of learners that is centered on the student and sustained by a creative, energetic library media program. These goals are as follows:
To provide intellectual access to information through learning activities that are integrated into the curriculum and that help all students achieve information literacy by developing effective cognitive strategies for selecting, retrieving, analyzing, evaluating, synthesizing, creating, and communicating information in all formats and in all content areas of the curriculum.
To provide a physical access to information through a carefully selected and systematically organized local collection of diverse learning resources that represent a wide range of subjects, levels of difficulty, and formats;a systematic procedure for acquiring information and materials from outside the library media center and the school through such mechanisms as electronic networks, interlibrary loan, and cooperative agreements with other information agencies; and instruction in using a range of equipment for accessing local and remote information in any format.
To provide learning experiences that encourage students and others to become discriminating consumers and skilled creators of information through comprehensive instruction related to the full range of communications media and technology.
To provide leadership, collaboration, and assistance to teachers and others in applying principles of instructional design to the use of instructional and information technology for learning.
To provide resources and activities that contribute to lifelong learning while accommodating a wide range of differences in teaching and learning styles, methods, interests, and capacities.
To provide a program that functions as the information center of the school, both through offering a locus for integrated and interdisciplinary learning activities within the school and through offering access to a full range of information for learning beyond this locus.
To provide resources and activities for learning that represent a diversity of experiences, opinions, and social and cultural perspectives and to support the concept that intellectual freedom and access to information are prerequisite to effective and responsible citizenship in a democracy.
(content adopted from Information Power by the American Library Association)
- The library operates under school hours, and will be open during school hours.
- Individuals will sign-in upon arrival to the library.
- Library promotes and fosters an efficient work, study, and reading environment.
- Students may borrow a total of 3 Library materials at one time. Date written or stamped on material(s) is when that item is due.
Clarion Free Library
644 Main Street
Clarion, PA 16214
Eccles - Lesher Memorial Library
673 Main St.
P.O. Box 359
Rimersburg, PA 16248
Phone: (814) 473-3800
Fax: (814) 473-8200
Foxburg Free Library
31 Main Street
P.O. Box 304
Foxburg, PA 16036
Knox Public Library
305 N. Main Street
PO Box 510
Knox, PA 16232-0510
Phone: (814) 797-1054
Fax: (814) 797-0258
Redbank Valley Public Library
720 Broad Street
New Bethlehem, PA 16242
Phone: (814) 275-2870
Fax: (814) 275-2875
K-12 Librarian: Mr. Pete Beskid
High School Phone: (814) 764 – 5111
Elementary School Phone: (814) 764 – 6006
High School Library Aide: Mrs. Carol Guthrie
Phone: (814) 764 – 5111