Students today live within a society that is increasingly dependent on information. They must become skillful consumers and producers of information in a range of formats to thrive personally and economically in the information age. A dynamic, student-centered library media program fosters information literacy and life long learning — the basis for true information power. The mission of the Manheim Township Middle School Media Center focuses on providing programs and services that are centered on information management and that are created around active, authentic student performance.
The goals of the program include:
- To provide an active, technology-rich learning environment with an array of information resources — resources that have been carefully selected and systematically organized and that represent a wide range of subjects, formats and levels of difficulty which support curricular and recreational goals of the entire school.
- To provide integrated, interdisciplinary learning experiences that help students and staff become discriminating consumers and skilled creators of information through a comprehensive instructional program that encompasses the full range of media and technology.
- To provide access to information and resources within the global community – providing the bridge between formal school-based learning and independent life-long learning.
- To provide a program that functions as the information center of the school.
The Middle School library/media center features a collection of approximately 17,000 items in a variety of formats, including print, audio-visual, on-line subscription databases. Access to these items is managed through an automated circulation/catalog system and other web interfaces. Students, staff and the public may locate information about materials in the center via the Manheim Township Library WebCollectionPlus interface available via browser from within the building or from home. The Middle School is a participant in the ACCESS Pennsylvania Project. This project enables students and staff to borrow materials from other libraries across the state. It also provides access to over 30 subscription databases. Students may use the subscription databases from home through the District’s partnership with the Library System of Lancaster County. (Home use requires a public library card.) In addition, the Middle School library media center provides access to other subscription databases that enrich and enhance research. An information literacy curriculum, integrated with research projects, is presented to all students by a professional library staff.
Mr. Steve Mellinger