The Roma Elementary School Library Media Center will enable students and staff to become life-long learners and effective independent users of ideas and information. To accomplish this mission, library media specialists and classroom teachers cooperate in planning and providing units of study which integrate information skills with classroom content. Resources and activities representing a diversity of experiences and skills assist the students in becoming skilled users of information. The program also emphasizes the value of reading for pleasure and the appreciation and enjoyment of literature while promoting the learning of information literacy skills that will provide the students with the knowledge they will need in the future to achieve their academic goals.
This mission statement best fits my philosophy because it is all encompassing. I believe that a school library media center's role is to promote life-long learners by teaching information literacy skills and love for reading by using collaborations with classroom teachers to assist students in becoming skilled independent users of information and technology. Mentioning that collaboration is done with classroom teachers is so important because parents want to know exactly what is being taught during their student's library time. Showing that educators are working together on units demonstrates that what is directly taught in the library's four walls can be beneficial to students outside of them. The above statement incorporates all areas that I think are valid and necessary. While it is a little wordy, it gets the message across clearly and confidently. Any parent and educator would feel confident sending their student to the library media center knowing that it is a place that will foster information literacy skills, emphasize life-long learning and possess a diversity of resources to assist students to achieve all of their academic goals.