The Fiat Library provides literary and research resources, as well as information literacy skills, to both students and faculty. The library follows the philosophy outlined in Information Power published by American Association of School Librarians and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology. Information Power seeks to "build a community of independent, information-literate, lifelong learners."
The R.I.C.E. Philosophy is integrated into the library program as students learn to be responsible users of information and library resources. Student selection of reading materials promotes creativity as students explore new authors and genres. Interdependence and empowerment is exhibited through faculty and librarian collaboration on goals and objectives of class assignments and library lessons.
• Information Power
• Standards for the 21st-Century Learner in Action (American Association of School Librarians)
• Destiny - providing in school/at home access to the school circulation catalog
• Libguides - providing in school and at home access to evaluated websites for research and browsing
• Online subscription databases with remote access available from the Destiny home page
• POWER Library resources
• Magazine subscriptions
• New books added to the collection every month
Kindergarten students begin their journey as lifelong learners with weekly visits to the library, where they listen to stories and participate in related activities.
Grades 1 through 8 have weekly scheduled library classes. Depending on the grade level, the lessons consist of mastering the electronic card catalog, understanding the Dewey Decimal System, exploring genres, participating in a Caldecott Award project and author studies, the use of reference materials, as well as read aloud story lessons or literature exploration. The semi-flexible schedule of the library allows additional time to be scheduled for research projects, particularly for the upper grades.
In addition to their scheduled classes, students also visit the library on a flexible schedule that meets the research and/or literary needs of each individual subject area. Research papers are based on the BIG SIX research model as students use a variety of print and online resources to gather information and cite sources. Students become proficient in using online subscription databases, and they begin to experience the nuances of research.
Students are informed of new books through frequently scheduled book talks, new book displays, assigned reading, and reader's advisory service.