MLWGS Library Receives Outstanding Recognition

The MW Library is one of three school libraries profiled as one of the “Outstanding Libraries Actively Engaging Teens in Information Literacy” in the Information Literacy chapter of Connecting Young Adults and Libraries, Fourth Edition.  Information literacy encompasses the many skills needed to effectively find, evaluate, use, and present information, including information in multiple formats - visual, textual, auditory, digital, etc.  Michael Giller, the author of this chapter, contacted Ms. DeGroat last school year about the MW Library program after visiting the MW Library web site and asked her to submit a profile of the program.  The featured schools are described as “institutions that deliberately integrate information literacy within their services to contribute to the positive development of teens…with the common goal of creating independent lifelong learners who are equipped with the flexibility that will help them adapt to the forever-changing landscape of information” (p. 96).  At MLWGS, Ms. DeGroat works toward this goal  by collaborating with teachers to provide related instruction at the point in time when students need to apply the knowledge/skills being taught.  The introduction to the short list of libraries profiled closes by stating that “commitment to youth development is evident through the quality materials and services [these programs] provide.”