As we all move further into the 21st century, libraries have changed from one of the major sources and repositories of information to the gateway or key to accessing information from literally every corner of the globe.
In order to sift through all the information available to find the needed gems, students must become independent learners, information literate and practice social responsibility.
The student who is information literate:
- Determines information need
- Develops information seeking strategies
- Locates and acquires information
- Evaluates information
The student who is an independent learner:
- Pursues information related to personal interests
- Appreciates and recognizes quality literarture
- Evaluates the quality of his/her information seeking process
The student who contributes positively to the learning community and to society:
- Recognizes the importance of seeking information from diverse sources.
- Practices ethical behavior in regard to information and
- Shares knowledge of information sources and collaborates on information solutions.
The main focus of our library curriculum is to achieve these goals. Other curricular areas, such as reading and social studies, are closely supported by our curriculum.
Our staff helps students to succeed in this endeavor, in part, by using the Big Six Information Problem-Solving Model by Dr. Michael Eisenberg and Bob Berkowitz during their library class time. Students from grades K-5 have weekly library classes with the librarian for 30 minutes in kindergarten and 45 minutes in grades 1-5.
Students are taught various research skills and strategies along with author studies and various literary genres such as historical fiction and folklore, etc. The library is also open, in the morning, from 8:45-9:10 for book selection for any student. Kindergarten students usually start coming, on their own, in October.
The Ironton Elementary School Library has a collection of approximately 17,000 items, including books, magazines and other resources. Online resources may be accessed from any computer in the school, the Parkland web site, www.parklandsd.org, or from this website:
- Picture Books– arranged by the first letter of the author’s last name.
- Fiction Books– arranged by the first three letters of the author’s last name.
- Biography– arranged by the first three letters of the biography subject’s last name.
- Reference– arranged by the Dewey Decimal System.
- Nonfiction Books– arranged by the Dewey Decimal System.
- Easy Nonfiction– arranged by the Dewey Decimal System.
- Magazines and Newspapers