Section 1: Vision, Mission, Standards, Philosophy

1.1 Vision statement                                                                                                       School Library Guide p. 10

Create collaborative relationships between schools librarians and classroom teachers which transforms the school library program into a support system that strengthens the curriculum by bridging the information literacy gap.

1.2 Mission Statement                                                                                                    School Library Guide p. 10
The mission of Mississippi’s school library programs is to assist in providing a quality education for every child by:
  • Encouraging lifelong information literacy and learning through reading and inquiry.
  • Providing an inviting, dynamic environment in which students and staff become learners capable of accessing, evaluating, applying, and sharing information independently.
  • Providing real and virtual access to appropriate, high-quality resources (print/non-print and digital formats) and services that support and enhance teaching, literacy, and learning during and outside the school day.
  • Participating in curriculum development and design of learning activities.
  • Facilitating professional development for the learning community.
1.3 AASL Standards for the 21st Century Learner                                                    School Library Guide p. 11
The American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) Standards for the 21st Century Learner offer a vision for teaching and learning to guide our profession.

AASL: National School Library Standards

1.4 Intellectual Freedom                                                                                                   School Library Guide p. 12

Intellectual freedom is a prerequisite to effective and responsible citizenship in a democracy and is one of the core values of the library profession. The Intellectual Freedom should be part of the district’s approved policies regarding selection and challenged materials.

1.5 Freedom to Read                                                                                                         School Library Guide p. 12
The Freedom to Read statement provides a reminder that open communication is necessary in a free society and creative culture.  Librarians help ensure that students have access to information covering a wide range of issues and viewpoints.

ALA Intellectual Freedom Tools
Office of Elementary Education and Reading/Secondary Education
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