A new breed of Media Specialist has become an essential part of our school's faculty. These are the people who have integrated the digital world into today's classroom and throughout the curriculum. These "librarians" as they used to be called, are now becoming specially trained and knowledgeable in the use of information technology, resources, and social networking.
Media Specialists have become key as instructional partners, working with teachers and administrators to change the classroom environment and the way of instruction. Media Specialists can become part of the curriculum and instruction arena with the teacher to help students become critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and users of information and data.
Many Media Specialists are now using new and innovative strategies to help support the curriculum, the strategies, the environment, and the networking through:
•· Collaborating with educators to design and teach curriculum
•· Creating curriculum strategies and promote an engaging learning experience tailored to the individual needs of students and the classroom
•· Evaluating and "produce" information through the active use of a broad range of tools, resources, and information technologies that integrate into the learning environment
•· Providing access to materials in all formats, including up-to-date, high-quality, varied literature to develop and strengthen the love of reading
•· Providing students, educators, and staff with instructional materials that reflect current information needs
•· Helping the teacher to establish a "creative, social-networking environment for the teachable moment