Professional Philosophy As a future school library media specialist my belief is first everyone should be learning something new every day. Without this premise we stagnate and do not continue to grow as educators. As a SLMS, I will be in control of the largest classroom in the school. My mission is to create a classroom that is open and welcoming to all stakeholders to use to broaden their learning landscape. My goal is to create key partnerships with stakeholders to create a learning environment that embraces the concept of the learning commons. To do this I will first need to create a School Library Committee to help guide and advise me toward success.
The learning commons is the place where students, teachers, administration, staff, parents, and community members meet before, during, and after school to exchange ideas and information. This is a place where learning blossoms and grows into new ideas and creations. This is the place where we produce the productive citizens of the future; the students with 21st century thinking skills.
The media center is the place where students learn the love of reading and the power of escaping into a good book, the power of producing new things like music, video games, videos, robots, and graphic arts, and the place where they can share, learn new skills, and enjoy themselves while they are doing these things…you know…that place where time flies because you are having fun.
The media center is also a safe place where students know that their personal information is exactly that, personal. Their choice of reading material should be private and never made public and I will make it my mission to protect their privacy unless I see the signs of a mandated report. The media center must be a place where students learn to protect themselves and others through lessons on Character, Plagiarism, Citation, CyberSafety, Digital Literacy, and Fair Use Law. Also lessons must be taught on how to use the physical media center and the online resources provided by the school. There must be lessons on how to use the school's OPAC and how to search using the most effective search tools available and how to identify a credible source of online information.
To navigate all of these elements the SLMS has several guides to help them with this massive classroom: AASL’s Standards for the 21st Century Learner, AASL's Standards for School Librarians, and AASL’s Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Programs. I also have my PLN so that I can keep up with the future changes of technology and learning.
In short, the media center is the heart and soul of the school, and I the media specialist is the heart that keeps beating.