Library Media Center
Coordinator of Instructional Technology and Library Media Specialists
The elementary school library media center supports the instructional needs of its students, faculty and other members of the learning community. Due to the rapidly changing landscape of information technology, library resources need to accomplish more than simply supplementing classroom instruction. To meet this need, the library media center has expanded its mission into preparing students to become digital and media-literate, lifelong learners and proposes to foster this by teaching students to become effective users of information.
Each elementary school student is scheduled for one 40-minute library class each week. During this time, students are able to access the full range of information resources and services that meet their intellectual, curricular, and recreational needs. Students are encouraged to enjoy reading and appreciate literature through author studies, group instruction and individual guidance.
The goal of the library media program is for students to gain competence in acquiring information through a variety of resources as well as to stimulate their interest in reading, viewing, and sharing information and ideas.
Middle School Library
The Middle School Instructional Media Center offers a wide array of resources to students and staff. The IMC is a place to research, study, and use computer programs, as well as a place to sit and enjoy a book or magazine. Our library is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students and staff are invited to browse our collections any time during school hours.
Our holdings include over 16,000 books, 80 magazine titles and 700 videotapes covering a range of topics. A professional collection, consisting of books and magazines, is also available to the staff. A variety of electronic databases are available for research in the library and from home. Our computer lab features 28 IBM computers with high-speed internet access, as well as productivity and content-specific software. Teachers use this facility to conduct research projects with their classes. We also offer Destination 2000 mobile computers with large monitors for classroom presentations, as well as televisions, VCRs and overhead projectors for instructional use.
In addition to helping students and staff locate information, the media specialists also organize programs for National Library Week, Teen Read Week, Children’s Book Week and World Book’s Partners In Excellence program to encourage independent reading.
High School Library
The Lindenhurst High School Library Media Center is a unique blend of non-print and print resources tailored to meet the educational, vocational, and informational needs of the staff and student body at the high school. The philosophy of our media center is to support and enhance learning for students, staff and parents of the Lindenhurst school community.
Our Library Media Center comfortably sits 50 students and boasts an extensive reference collection that supports all areas of the curriculum. We archive over 100 periodical titles for 3-5 years. We offer videoconferencing services, and a 50-inch television for instructional use. Fax and lamination services are available for faculty and staff.
Computer facilities include two labs, one with 15 and one with 30 computers. Both labs have high-speed internet access. The available software includes productivity applications like Microsoft Office, content-specific titles, our subscription databases, and access to our online catalog. We have five Gateway Destination 2000 mobile computers with large monitors for classroom presentations.
The New York State Education Department recognized the High School Library Media Center in February 2005 as an “Electronic Doorway Library.” A library with this distinction uses computer and telecommunication technology, a full range of library resources and the services of skilled school library media specialists to meet the educational information needs for the entire school community. According to Janet M. Welch, State Librarian and Assistant to the Commissioner for Libraries, “this official designation recognizes that the Lindenhurst High School Library Media Center is using advanced technology to revolutionize the delivery of library services.”