HIBD School Libraries
Adopted: June 8, 1983, October 21, 2013
The Board believes that the general goal of the school library program is to assist students to become informed decision makers and life-long learners using multiple resources in print or digital formats. The library is viewed as a learning hub environment where students receive guidance in the efficient and purposeful use of multiple sources of information with a view to encouraging students to achieve their potentials as engaged thinkers, ethical citizens, and to embody the entrepreneurial spirit.
More specifically, the goals of the school library program should be to encourage students:
- To develop life-long interest in reading for information and enjoyment;
- To continue to build and sustain an interest in reading, viewing and listening to a variety of learning resources selected according to maturity, reading and interest levels;
- To become proficient in utilizing information resources in print and non-print format and the sourcing of copyright and intellectual property;
- To be able to critically examine, select and judge learning resources geared to their reading, viewing, listening, interest and ability levels; and
- To develop an ability to become increasingly independent consumers of learning resources in order to meet self-directed goals and needs.
- Where possible, the libraries will be staffed by qualified library professionals that are supported through ongoing professional development.
- When possible, libraries should develop collaborative opportunities with the local public library, post-secondary academic libraries and other libraries within the District.
- As directed, the library should be an integrated element of a school’s 21st Century literacy program. This should be reflected in the varied differentiated resources provided, the collaborative school community space, and in readily accessible adaptive technologies.
- As directed, the collection of learning materials must remain reflective of the District’s student population, the varied needs of the learners it serves, and grounded in the currently supported pedagogical practices of the District.