Motto: "Empowering You For Success"
- Creating lifelong learners who are effective and creative users of information, technology, and ideas in our global society and who possess an intrinsic love of reading.
- Vision Statement
- To produce information-literate lifelong learners prepared for the future and ignited with a passion for reading.
2015-2016 Library Plan
FCPS Library Media Programs support the goals and standards of the Common Core and the American Association of School Librarians Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning.
Here at UMS specifically, our library program strives to make the library resources more accessible to the students, staff and community. We have recently reorganized our fiction section by genres. This will help students find books similar to other types of books they have enjoyed more easily. We are also continuing to add to our digital collection of books and reference materials that students can access from home and are not limited by the hours of the school day to find library materials. We also continue to update and stay current with our collection of physical books provided inside the library walls.
The UMS library also strives to give technology education to all our stakeholders. To meet the demands of the 21st century and beyond our students must engage with technology for productivity, not just for fun. With desktop computers, chromebooks, ipads and windows tablets we encourage teachers and students to harness the power of technology as one of the many tools used in the classroom. This is an ongoing process of teaching our students and staff how to utilize the Google Apps for Education accounts in a ways that are redefining the educational experience, encourage digital citizenship, use social media as a positive force, and explore other means of educational technology to improve instruction and student engagement.
The research process also continues to be a focus of library instruction to encourage students to ethically use resources, understand biases when reading information, and to use valid sources when researching. In today’s world our students are exposed to so many news outlets that they must learn to validate these sources and the information they read for accuracy and bias. As part of Common Core, the library works closely with teachers to encourage best practices and increase the quality of research for our students.