The Pope John Paul II library/media program is at the core of effective learning and plays a vital role in collaborative planning and curriculum development. Serving all grade levels, ages and content areas, the program has a unique outlook on the needs and abilities of all the members of the school's learning community. That perspective makes the school library media program a natural hub for bringing teachers and library media specialist together to create exemplary and innovative curricula. The mission of the school library media program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information while incorporating the Core Curriculum Standards. Throughout the school year the students will learn different types of literature, poetry, historical fiction, story writing/editing, different cultures, comprehension, and more.
To become effective users of information, students must have frequent opportunities to handle all kinds of information. Locating, interpreting, analyzing, synthesizing, evaluating, and communicating information should become a part of every content area. The Media Specialist is actively involved in identifying the learning needs of students, developing teaching units, and guiding students' progress in lifelong learning.
In effective program students learn information literacy skills that are embedded into the Core Curriculum Standards. The acquisition of these skills provides a solid foundation of information literacy that will prepare students for a lifetime of learning. By guiding students toward self-discovery and self-direction, the library media program assists in promoting the learning of skills and attitudes essential to academic, vocational, and personal development.
To ensure that the library media center functions successfully, it has sufficient equipment inventory, and a relevant up-to-date collection of print, electronic and multimedia resources that support the curriculum and provide for personal growth and enjoyment. The library media instructional program integrates all library media skills and activities.