Campus Library Mission Statement
The mission of Dawson ISD library media center is to ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information. The Dawson ISD collection will reflect the needs of its patrons with current materials relevant to the curriculum and interest. The library media center will encourage a lifelong pursuit and appreciation of reading. The library media center will provide a setting where students can develop the skills necessary to locate, analyze, evaluate, interpret, and communicate information and ideas in an effective manner.
The goals of the Dawson ISD Library are:
- Provide instruction to foster competence and stimulate an interest in reading, and viewing and using information and ideas.
- Support students increasing reading ability through print and digital media.
Teach information literacy skills within the context of the curriculum:
- Research Skills will be taught in collaboration with the classroom teachers to provide instruction in the use of databases, atlases, encyclopedias, dictionaries, and the Internet. Other research materials are available to complete classroom assignments and personal interest research including the district databases.
To provide a wide range of quality children's literature:
- Maintain a balanced and organized collection of high-quality materials and provide professional assistance to all of its users.
American Library Association (ALA)
The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world.
Founded on October 6, 1876, during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA is “to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.”American Library Association
Poem: Don’t Go Into the Library
The library is dangerous—
Don’t go in. If you do
You know what will happen.
It’s like a pet store or a bakery—
Every single time you’ll come out of there
Holding something in your arms.
Those novels with their big eyes.
And those no-nonsense, all muscle
Greyhounds and Dobermans,
All non-fiction and business,
Cuddly when they’re young,
But then the first page is turned.
The doughnut scent of it all, knowledge,
The aroma of coffee being made
In all those books, something for everyone,
The deli offerings of civilization itself.
The library is the book of books,
Its concrete and wood and glass covers
Keeping within them the very big,
Very long story of everything.
The library is dangerous, full
Of answers. If you go inside,
You may not come out
The same person who went in.
Copyright © 2017 by Alberto Ríos.