WPS Library Media

Why are library media centers important for students and staff in Watertown?

WPS Library, Technology and Innovation skills & learning outcomes based on 2016 MA DESE Digital Literacy and Computer Science Curriculum Frameworks


Students will learn skills and vocabulary through a method of introduction, practice, mastery, and review.

Grades: PreK-1

Grades: 2-3

Grades: 4-5


School librarians provide the blueprint for teaching students research skills, digital citizenship, safety online, and information communication skills [1]

“School librarians have deep expertise in digital literacy skills; have well-developed instructional strategies based on thinking critically, communicating creatively in a variety of media, and solving problems creatively; and are often role models for strong leadership, initiative, and other career and life skills.”

Trilling, Bernie. 2010. “From Libraries to Learning Libratories: The New ABC's of 21st-Century School Libraries.” School Library Monthly 29 (1): 43.

“School libraries provide equitable physical and intellectual access to the resources and tools required for learning in a warm, stimulating, and safe environment.”

American Association of School Librarians. 2007. Standards for the 21stCentury Learner. Chicago: ALA.

[1] School Libraries Build Strong Students

School librarians provide 21st century professional development to their teaching colleagues [1]

Student test scores were higher the more time librarians worked cooperatively with classroom teachers, the more they taught information literacy independently, and the more they provided in-service training to teachers.

Lance, Keith Curry, Marcia J. Rodney, and Christine Pennell-Hamilton. 2000. Measuring Up to Standards: The Impact of School Library Programs and Information Literacy in Pennsylvania Schools. Greensburg, PA: Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries.

[1] School Libraries Build Strong Students