Each school in RSU 10 has a library that provides a wide range of services for our students and teachers. Gone are the days of the silent, oppressive rule-ridden library. I am happy to say RSU 10 libraries are very vibrant places staffed by energetic and creative Library/Media Specialists who are on the cutting edge of teaching and learning. RSU 10 Library/Media Specialists play a critical role in supporting student learning. They are focused on teaching our students specific skills that will help them learn, study, research and inform themselves throughout their lives. Specifically, our Library/Media Specialists are engaged in supporting:
- Student Inquiry: Academic learning is no longer simply about students being able to learn what they are taught in class. Student learning in the 21st Century means that students are able to pose intelligent questions and respond to challenging problems. Library/Media Specialists play a vital role in helping students identify a multitude of electronic and print resources to be able to answer questions and solve problems.
- Guided Inquiry: Students need considerable guidance and support throughout the learning process to ensure that they are not simply “cutting and pasting” existing knowledge or text. Library/Media Specialists and teachers educate students on how to create new knowledge from the analysis of a variety of informational resources.
- Literacy Competence: The amount of print information in the world has doubled, tripled, and quadrupled at an ever-increasing pace. How do students and professional educators discern high quality information from low quality information? Library/Media Specialists play a crucial role in encouraging our students to read more, read better, develop vocabulary, and develop a discerning eye for the information they read; they partner with teachers to support high levels of literacy for all our students.
This blog entry offers some descriptors and photos that should depict for you the role our Library/Media Specialists play in creating libraries that are geared towards Student Inquiry, Guided Inquiry, and Literacy Competence. Our libraries are providing an excellent service for our students and teachers.
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