"The mission of librarians is to improve society through facilitating
knowledge creation in their communities."
- R. David Lankes, author of The Atlas of New Librarianship
Mission and Goal of the JSerra Library Media Center
The mission of the JSerra Library Media Center ("LMC") is to create an environment in which students and faculty are empowered to be effective users of information and technology in a learning community according to the standards and practices established by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). The goal of the LMC is to ensure that all JSerra students gain information literacy, which is central to becoming a life-long learner. “Effective collaborations with teachers help to create a vibrant and engaged community of learners, strengthen the whole school program as well as the library media program, and develop support for the library media program throughout the whole school” (AASL 51).
In support of the LMC's mission to provide a proactive instructional partnership between the classroom and the media center, students receive library instruction throughout each term to help them develop information literacy and critical thinking skills and train them to be effective researchers. Library classes include topics such as library orientation, use of the Dewey decimal system, online library catalogs (OPACs), subscription research databases, research writing methodology, annotated bibliographies and works citations, skills to avoid plagiarism, internet navigation, website evaluation, and critical thinking. The librarian also collaborates with faculty to develop online webquests and directed research projects based on specific subject areas and tasks.