Library Mission & Belief Statements

Mission Statement
The mission of the Frederick Harris Library Media Program is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information consistent with the school's mission statement.

This mission is accomplished by: 

  • providing a 21st century learning environment

  • providing intellectual and physical access to materials in a variety of formats, both print and digital 
  • providing instruction to foster competence and stimulate interest in reading, viewing, developing research strategies, using information, and creating new understanding
  • working with other educators to design learning strategies to meet the needs of individual students.

Belief Statements

We believe that:

  • The Harris library system, indeed the entire American School in Japan, should support the ALA statements regarding  Freedom to Read and Intellectual Freedom, as well as the principles outlined in the Library Bill of Rights
  • The size of a library media center's staff and collection is the best school predictor of academic achievement 
  • The library is the intellectual backbone of the school
  • We should develop inquisitive learners by ensuring the effective use of accurate and up-to-date information
  • We should develop compassionate learners by ensuring the effective use of materials showing a variety of points of view and appealing to a variety of learning styles
  • We should develop learners prepared for global responsibility by ensuring the effective use of materials by and about different cultures and belief systems
  • We serve our students best by acting as community librarians, providing "public library services" to students, teachers, parents and staff