The David R. LaRock Library is Holy Angels’ library and media center. It provides resources, both print and electronic, for student learning and research.
Library Media Department Philosophy
Students and their classroom teachers are the focus of our program. Their need to know and their right to access information is the foundation of our department. We believe that recreational and critical reading should coexist with exposure to 21st Century skills, and that both are important for success. Therefore, a variety of materials in many formats is provided to support the curriculum and accommodate a range of abilities, viewpoints, needs, and interests. The library media department is the core information center for the Program of Studies at the Academy of Holy Angels.
A media specialist works with students individually and in classroom groups to enhance research strategies, apply technology skills, and promote the ethical use of information. The media collection, its services, and resources are essential to the successful completion of class assignments and projects.
Information Literacy Initiative (SKILL Curriculum)
We have a specific information literacy curriculum that has been implemented to increase student abilities in the areas of locating, evaluating, processing, and communicating information.
Students are exposed to literacy sessions embedded in assignments from required classes. Each year additional skills are added in the areas of OPAC (print resource catalog), databases, web search, and ethics and technology. During their senior year, students are assessed to determine their own level of proficiency. This program is called SKILL: Students, Knowledge, Information Literacy, and Learning.
Information Literacy Outcomes:
Mary Elling, Media Center Director
Tools for students: