Philosophy

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I believe that knowledge is power, and that a librarian’s primary responsibility is to ensure that every student has access to knowledge, in the form of books, technology, and information.
I believe that a librarian should foster a love of reading.  Reading is truly a window to the world, and it is fundamental to learning and personal growth.
I believe that a librarian should promote learning through inquiry, providing opportunities to learn, experiment, and collaborate in a variety of ways.
I believe that a librarian should teach ethical behavior in the use of information, that students should be taught how to find and use information of all kinds in a responsible and safe way.
I believe that a librarian must provide access to technology and must teach and support both students and teachers in developing and using technology skills.
I believe that a librarian must provide and advocate for equitable access to information.  Librarians must enforce intellectual freedom: the freedom to read, seek information, and speak freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment.
I believe that information literacy is a complex, ever-changing concept, and a librarian must be willing to embrace this, understand the many forms of information literacy, and must work to equip students with the understanding and abilities needed to navigate information in any format.
I believe that learning does not take place in a vacuum, and a librarian must encourage and support social learning and collaboration in the library and classroom as well as online.
I believe that libraries are essential to learning and that they fulfill essential needs, as a physical space for gathering information, creating, and collaborating in a safe, stimulating environment.  A librarian’s role is to make that space work for the needs of her students, to collaborate with teachers and students to meet those needs, and to constantly be looking ahead to prepare for the future.

My philosophy is based on the Nine Common Beliefs by the AASL.