Stewart County Middle School Library is at the core of effective learning and plays a vital role in collaborative planning and curriculum development. Serving grades 6th-8th grades in all content areas, the program is interested in the needs and abilities of all the members of the school's learning community. It is the natural hub for bringing teachers and library media specialist together to create exemplary and innovative ideas. The mission is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. This mission is accomplished by providing intellectual and physical access to materials in all formats; by providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interests in reading, viewing and using information and ideas; and by working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.
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 classroom teacher and the library media specialist are actively involved in identifying the learning needs of students, developing teaching units, and guiding students' progress in life long learning. Together the teacher and the library media specialist facilitate activities that offer meaningful practice in using a variety of information resources.
In our library program, students' experience with information moves away from learning traditional library location skills taught in isolation. Students learn information literacy skills that are embedded into the curriculum. 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 assisits in promoting the learning of skills and attitudes essential to academic, vocational, and personal development.