The North Allegheny Library Program is designed to ensure that all students and staff become effective users of ideas and information in the technology driven global community of the 21st Century. The school library provides access to information in various print and digital formats, functioning as an integral part of the total curriculum. Students will develop an appreciation for literature, demonstrate effective information literacy skills, employ critical thinking, problem solving, and decision making skills, and access a variety of technological resources. The school librarian, working collaboratively with students, teachers, administrators, and the community, provides instructional experiences while assuming an essential role in the learning process.
Students who successfully complete a comprehensive and effective student-centered Library program will:
- Develop an innate love of the written word
- Foster a lifelong appreciation of the impact literature can have as a creative outlet
- Become lifelong readers who are passionate about books and can appreciate the myriad genres of literature
- Recognize and appreciate diverse cultures and understand the importance of information in a democratic society
- Select discriminately from a variety of print and digital resources, use systematic methods to retrieve and process information, and are motivated to take responsibility for their own learning.
- Judge the quality and validity of resources and employ successful strategies as the basis for effective problem solving.
- Become effective communicators who utilize emerging technologies and collaborate with others to share valid information and ideas
- Understand and practice the ethical use of information
These beliefs are the foundation of the North Allegheny Library Department and reflect the tenets of the American Association of School Librarians' Standards for the 21st Century Learner and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs and ISTE's Educational Technology Standards for Students.