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Pen Argyl High School Library Media Center

Ms. Laura Cipriano
Instruction & Information Specialist

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Mission of the Pen Argyl High School Library Media Center:

The Pen Argyl High School Library Media Center is a flexibly scheduled, multiple-use resource center of the school, serving PASD staff and 9th-12th grade level students. The library media center provides access to a varied collection and presents instruction in information literacy, academic integrity, and literature appreciation. The Pen Argyl High School Library Media Center is a place where everyone feels welcome, intellectual curiosity is supported, collaboration happens, and learning takes place.

Vision of the Pen Argyl High School Library Media Center:

  • The school curriculum is implemented by lessons that are resource-based and planned by a team of teachers and a qualified full-time professional library media specialist.

  • Concept-based units allow a blurring of discipline lines as objectives common to many areas are accomplished by researching in a well-stocked library media center.

  • The library media specialist teaches research skills, not in isolation, but as they are needed by the students for their projects. It is expected that students will become independent and self-reliant as they learn to locate, access, and use the resources necessary to solve their problems.

  • Working together with the library media specialist, teachers require students to use resources in their assignments so that the students will be able to apply their research skills to other situations.

  • The librarian, as an instruction and information specialist, works collaboratively with teachers to design and conduct lessons and projects and develop electronic and multimedia presentations.

  • The school media specialist is a leader in the school, providing staff development on literacy, professional growth, instructional strategies, and instructional technology integration where appropriate.

  • The Pen Argyl High School Library exists as not only a resource for students, but also as a resource for the community, in providing a well-stocked collection for lifelong learning, personal development, and increased literacy.

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