Library Science at HB duPont

Access, Evaluate, Synthesize, and Share @ your library

The American Association of School Librarians Standards for the 21st Century Learner

Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

It's not enough to find and use the books in the library...although we will certainly start there! Today's students need to master an array of literacies, including digital, visual and textual literacies in order to become college and career ready. This course gives a background in everything your child needs to begin to "learn on their own."

Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.

Now is the time to prepare students to begin thinking deeply and independently. The continuing information explosion demands that learners develop skills to evaluate what they find online. Students in sixth grade will be introduced to the concepts of evaluation and using multiple sources before forming an opinion.

Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.

Learning is social. Middle schoolers are social. The workplace is social. Democracy is social... I see a trend.

Students will work on learning together, creating together, and most importantly sharing knowledge with others both in person and through technology. Students' identities and privacy will be protected to the greatest extent possible as they experiment with online tools and create paperless research assignments.

Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.

You may be thinking, "What about books? Don't librarians care about reading anymore?" The answer is ABSOLUTELY. Pleasure reading is the name of the game here. Any level, any genre, any topic. I urge students to find the material that they can engage with, and that material usually corresponds with reading level. Sometimes a book is too hard, but still fascinating...especially some of the nonfiction titles with really cool pictures. Sometimes a student wants to read the same book repeatedly. Great! More reading is good!