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"As education moves beyond the textbook and the classroom, the school library media center and its programs are essential to the educational process, providing access to a collection of skillfully selected, organized, and managed resources in all formats. With such resources, the center serves as a major channel through which the changing body of knowledge flows, thereby providing all members of the school community with the broadest possible range of information and ideas. The school library media center will continue to provide programs and materials that promote a love of reading, improve listening skills, foster visual literacy, and encourage the appreciation of fine literature. To supply the resources that are necessary to meet the needs of the members of the school community, the school library media center must have the support of the faculty, the administration, the school committee, and ultimately, the general public. With this support, school library media program can provide today's students with the means to be educated citizens of tomorrow." Standards for School Library Media Centers in Massachusetts Information Power (98) addresses the increasing importance of the school library media program in achieving the school's goal of quality, student-centered education. The principles listed below are the foundation for an effective and essential school library media program. (p. 58)


Learning and Teaching Principles of School Library Media Programs


Principle 1:       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.

Principle 2:       The information literacy standards for student learning are integral to the content and objectives of the school's curriculum.

Principle 3:       The library media program models and promotes collaborative planning and curriculum development.

Principle 4:       The library media program models and promotes creative, effective, and collaborative teaching.

Principle 5:       Access to the full range of library resources and services though the library media program is fundamental to learning.

Principle 6:       The library media program encourages and engages students in reading, viewing, and listening for understanding and enjoyment.

Principle 7:       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.

Principle 8:       The library media program fosters individual and collaborative inquiry.

Principle 9:       The library media program integrates the uses of technology for learning and teaching.

Principle 10:     The library media program is an essential link to the larger learning community.




 Skills and Instruction

Information Power (98) lists nine information literacy standards for student learning, as well as indicators for each standard. These standards can serve as a basis for instruction and experiences offered as part of the library media program.


Information Literacy

Standard 1:       The student who is information literate evaluates information efficiently and effectively.

Standard 2:       The student who is information literate evaluates information critically and competently.

Standard 3:       The student who is information literate uses information accurately and creatively.

Independent Learning

Standard 4:       The student who is an independent learner is information literate and pursues information related to personal interests.

Standard 5:       The student who is an independent learner is information literate and appreciates literature and other creative expressions of information.

Standard 6:       The student who is an independent learner is information literate and strives for excellence in information seeking and knowledge generation.

Social Responsibility

Standard 7:       The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and recognizes the importance of information to a democratic society.

Standard 8:       The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literate and practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology.

Standard 9:       The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society is information literature and participates effectively in groups to pursue and generate information.

The library media specialist should utilize the Florida State Sunshine Standards and other established curriculum when planning library media skills instruction.




Curriculum Development and Planning

In accordance with Information Power, Orange County library media specialists develop a thorough knowledge of subject area and grade level curriculum and promote competency in information literacy across the curriculum. Be explicit about positive contributions the library media program and the skills being developed and taught will have on student performance on the FCAT and other standardized testing.


The Florida Sunshine State Standards are the foundation for Orange County Public Schools' curriculum. They identify what students should know and be able to do for the 21st century and are thus both content standards and performance standards. The standards are benchmarked at the developmental levels of PreK- 2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 for the subjects of language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, health and physical education, and foreign languages. Specifics are available at the DOE website and on the OCPS Framework for Higher Achievement     

Work on subject area and grade level teams and committees at the building, district and state levels.

Participate on technology committees at all levels to focus technology plans on information literacy.

Collaborate with teachers, staff and other members of the learning community to integrate information literacy competencies throughout the teaching and learning process. Regular collaboration may be to develop curricular content that integrates information literacy skills, to plan instructional activities, and to identify resources that support and enhance the curriculum. A Planning Guide for Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning is one resource that could prove valuable in the planning process. It has been designed as a guide for developing leadership, program development and implementation in library media programs.


 Staff Development Activities

1.         The library media specialist can provide in-service opportunities to library media staff members, volunteers and student assistants. Activities are developed to improve knowledge and skills needed for personnel to perform their job, i.e., book repair, technology skills, and record keeping.

2.         In-service media training for classroom teachers occurs not only in formal workshops but also informally. Activities may include sessions on how to use equipment, various media, and production of multimedia materials.

3.         Staff development opportunities may be provided for the library media specialist at the school, area, district, state or national level. Conferences, such as FETC (FL Educational Technology Conference), FAME (FL Association of Media in Education), or FRA (FL Reading Association) may be attended for in-service points. OCAEM and the OCPS learning communities may arrange for staff development activities. Classes for in-service points toward recertification may be taken at many sites, including University classes, and signmeup. See Section IX for more information about state, district, community and professional resources.



National, State and Local Programs

1. Book Fairs encourage students to read and are a fund raiser for the media center.  For operation of a book fair, the library media specialist should obtain instructions for operating procedures from the building level administrator on issues such as using internal accounts, the need for a contract from the book fair company, location, times, supervision, bonus items, and profits.

2. Children's Book Week (November) is publicized by the Children's book Council, Inc. to encourage reading.

3. Contests

a.         FAME’s Intellectual Freedom Award -- cosponsored by Social Issues Research Services (S.I. R. S.) and the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME). An award is presented to a senior writing the best essay on the subject of the importance of intellectual freedom in a free society. An additional award is presented to an adult who has played an active role in promoting intellectual freedom.

b.         FAME’s Student Media Festival Award (Jim Harbin Award) -- an award presented annually to students for outstanding student-produced media presentations. It gives students an opportunity to communicate visually and develop an appreciation for media presentation as an art form. Entries are judged by region with winners going to the state competition. Awards are made in various media categories in grade classifications: K-3, 4-6, 7- 9, 10-12 and college.

c.         Outstanding Library Media Program -- sponsored by Orange County Association of Educational Media (OCAEM). This award is presented annually to library media specialists for a program that promotes the services of that library and/or involves the community of users.

d.         Battle of the Book-- sponsored by OCEAM. Battle of the Books is an annual event where middle schoolers throughout the district compete to see who knows the Sunshine State Young Reader’s Award books the best. 

4.  Florida Reading Association Award -- sponsored by the Florida Reading Association. An award is presented annually to the author of the book voted most outstanding by students in grades PreK-2 in participating Florida schools.

5Florida Teens Read-- is sponsored by the Florida Association for Media in Education (FAME) to encourage Florida Teens to read enjoyable, quality literature.  An award is presented annually to the author of the book voted as most outstanding by students in grades 9-12.

6. National Library Week (April) -- promoted by the National Book Committee and American Library Association to focus public attention on the importance of reading.

7. Read Across America -- sponsored by the NEA. This event coincides with Dr. Seuss' birthday. To promote the love of reading and literature, community wide activities are encouraged.

8. School Library Media Month (April) promoted by AASL to focus attention on services, programs and materials provided by school library media centers and to demonstrate how these services contribute to the education of students.  Florida sponsors one week for Florida School Library Media Week.  

9. Sunshine State Young Readers' Award -- sponsored by the Florida Association for Media in Education and the DOE. An award is presented annually to the author of the book voted as most outstanding by students in grades three through eight in participating Florida schools. OCPS middle schools organize a "Battle of the Books" as a culminating event.  


Calendar of Events








  • Read To Your Child Day: February 14





  • Gay and Lesbian Book Month
  • National Bathroom Reading Week: 2nd week in June



 Production Resources and Services - Building Level

The library media specialist may offer a variety of building level services to staff members and students.  The LMS may choose to:

1.         Provide production resources.

2.         Designate areas to be used for production by staff and students.

3.         Provide access to production equipment and supplies.

4.         Provide technical assistance. Work as a team member with technology coordinator and/or TV production instructors.



Public Relations - Building Level

Even though positive user satisfaction is the most important component in public relations, positive continuous visibility makes students, educators, and the community aware of the programs and activities of the school library media center.  Communications shared with local media and county personnel enhance the program’s value to the system as well as to the community.

Promotion activities/ ideas include:

  • Morning announcements
  • Newsletter to staff
  • Contribution to school website or link to media center page
  • Column in PTA newsletter
  • Awards
  • Statement of media policy in the student/parent and faculty handbook
  • Bulletin boards, exhibits, posters, bookmarks, displays of student work
  • Open House
  • Reading programs promoted by OCPS
  • Special programs as promoted by the LMS and/or requested by staff or students.




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