Mission and Purpose

The goal of the Cocoa Beach Library and Information Center (LIC) is to provide comprehensive and balanced information resources to meet the needs of our school community. Our purpose is to ensure that our students are competent, critical, and ethical users and managers of information. It is our mission to prepare lifelong learners; "information literate" citizens able to determine their information needs, recognize relevant information, solve problems, and effectively communicate the results of their results of their research. In addition to the physical resource rooms of computers, reading areas, and study areas, the LIC provides a collection of materials to implement, enrich, and support the curriculum and meet the individual educational and emotional needs of students, faculty, and staff.

The media specialist is committed to providing resources that:

Enrich and support the curriculum

Encourage growth in knowledge and appreciation for many fields

Ensure careful management of the variety of information sources

Meet the recreational and personal reading needs

Supports the professional and instructional needs of all staff

*It is the responsibility of the media specialist to select a balanced and variety of resources that are appropriate for the wide range of levels and ability levels and learning styles reflected in our learning community. Input for purchases from students and staff is encouraged.

Resources for the collection will meet the following objectives found in the Brevard County Public Schools Words of Wisdom Guidelines for Library Media Specialists:

To make available a wide variety of materials on varying levels of difficulty with a diversity of appeal compatible with the different needs, interests and viewpoints

of students and staff.

To provide materials that will strengthen and enrich the school's instructional program.

To provide materials representative of the many religious, ethical, cultural, and language groups, and of their contribution to the heritage and culture of America

and the world.

To provide materials that will stimulate growth in literary appreciation, aesthetic values and ethical standards.

To place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in the selection of materials appropriate of the users of the LMC.

The following criteria are considered by the media specialist (also known as collection criteria):

Educational significance

Overall purpose and need in relation to the curriculum

Accurate, valid, current, appropriate information

Readability, including interest and appeal to reading audience

Attractive and appropriate format

Favorable reviews in reputable professional journals

Content sufficient in depth and scope of purpose