Library Media Department

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.

General Description

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 Curriculum (SKILL)

We have a specific information literacy curriculum designed 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 level of proficiency. This curriculum is called SKILL: Students, Knowledge, Information Literacy, and Learning.

Information Literacy Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate an ability to locate print, multimedia and electronic resources.
  • Students will evaluate information in both traditional and emerging electronic formats.
  • Students will appreciate the value of reading and literature.
  • Students will understand the principles of intellectual property, academic integrity and ethical access to information.

Core lessons in the SKILL Curriculum

Freshman Year:

  • TRAILS Pre-Test
  • OPAC Strand: Introduction to LaRock Library/Guided Tour/Introduction to Library Catalog
  • OPAC Strand: Individual /Collective Biographies and Specialized Encyclopedias
  • Database Strand: Introduction to Databases
  • Web Strand: Google presentations • Ethics and Technology Strand: Cyberbullying, Avoiding Plagiarism and Using Paraphrasing

Sophomore Year:

  • OPAC Strand: Inter-library loans
  • OPAC Strand: Keyword vs. Subject Searches
  • Narrowing a Research Topic
  • Database Strand: Specialized Databases for Controversial Issues (Points of View)
  • Web Strand: MLA Citation Types
  • Boolean Logic
  • Web Strand: CABL method for evaluating websites and other sources
  • Ethics and Technology Strand: Assorted Online Privacy Issues

Junior Year:

  • OPAC Strand: Primary and Secondary Resources
  • Database Strand: Hennepin Co. Databases
  • Web Strand: Online Directories
  • Ethics and Technology Strand: US Copyright Law, Citing Images

Senior Year:

  • OPAC Strand: Refined searches
  • Database Strand: Journal articles
  • Discussion boards
  • Ethics and Technology Strand: Netiquette, avoiding identity theft, technology and health
  • TRAILS Post Test