Mission Statements

The Mission of an International Baccalaureate School Library is to empower students to become change agents within a global environment through creativity, action, and service. The research/resource specialists will work collaboratively with stakeholders to teach effective technical and research skills, while aiming to meet the individualized needs and aspirations of members of our learning community. There will be an emphasis on developing critical thinking, productive habits of mind, enduring understandings, and the IB Learner Profile. Experiences and resources provided will reflect a diverse global community, and inspire a lifelong passion for inquiry and learning.

Wordle: Mission statement

My mission as a teacher-librarian is to become a dynamic change agent and caring servant-leader. As such, I will take initiative to nurture communication and collaboration with and among stakeholders. I will continuously reflect upon my work, and strive to become fluent in the best teaching, resource, technology, and management practices through inquiry, research, and networking. I will be resilient and adaptable in the face of change, and aim to think critically and creatively in response.  I believe in supporting diverse needs and aspirations, valuing the perspective of others, and modeling a passion for lifelong learning.

Wordle: mission statement

Reflections

School Library Mission Statement

When writing this mission statement, I understood that people trained in the IB method and working at our school would be able to unpack it, as they are familiar with the school mission statement and the various techniques we use. At the same time, those new to the school would quickly understand our global focus. This mission statement is reflective of the school’s mission statement, yet at the same time delineates the special role of the library.

Other specifics

  • school not named here because mission statement in place already.
  • Wordl results: standouts were “global”, “community”, and “learning” – very reflective of the focus of our school.
  • “change agent within a global environment”: as the IB Learner Profile Booklet states, “The aim of all IB programmes is to develop internationally minded people who, recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet, help to create a better and more peaceful world.” (2009, p. 5)
  • “learning community”: a useful term as it can include students, teachers, and families.
  • “stakeholders”: a term used by Zmuda and Harada (2008). I feel that the term “stakeholders” includes not only our learning community, but could also include those in the broader community because they are ultimately affected by who and what we produce as a school.
  • “habits of mind”: both in Understanding by Design (McTighe and Wiggins, 1999) and an IB reference.
  • “enduring understandings”: (McTighe and Wiggins, 1999)
  • “critical thinking”: membership in the Critical Thinking Consortium, also Zmuda, 2007.
  • “technical…skills”: reference to technology as well as writing skills, etc.
  • “creativity, action and service”: CAS (creativity, action and service) is a required course in grade 11/12, but it is also emphasized elsewhere. For instance, “action” is a required component in a primary years unit of inquiry planning document. “Action” can refer to small or big student initiatives done at home, school, or in the community to effect positive change/outcomes for the issues explored during a unit.

Teacher-librarian mission statement

In order to create this statement, I looked to the IB Learner Profile Booklet, because “The IB learner profile is the IB mission statement translated into a set of learning outcomes for the 21st century.” (2009, p. 2). Not only are we to assess students on the characteristics of this profile, but faculty is also assessed on it and expected to model it. Furthermore, as I went through Greenleaf’s (Crippen, 2005, Fall) descriptors of the characteristics of a leader, as well as some of the descriptors found in Belisle (2005), and Hughes-Hassell/Harada (2007), I found that they largely paralleled the IB characteristics.

Other specifics

  • wordl: highlighted was “change” and “become – very reflective of the state of teacher-librarianship!
  • “aiming to meet the individualized needs and aspirations”: servant leadership and a reflection of my thinking about the differentiated learning needs of students and teachers (and families too, really).
  • “Nurturing a collaborative culture”: (Zmuda/Harada 2008, p. 37-39)
  • “dynamic change agent”: (Belisle p. 75)

References

Belisle, C. (2005). The Teacher as Leader: Transformational Leadership and the Professional Teacher or Teacher-Librarian. School Libraries in Canada (17108535), 24(3), 1. Retrieved from Academic Search Premier database.

Crippen, C. (2005, Fall). Inclusive education. A servant-leadership perspective. Education Canada, 19-22. Retrieved from ProQuest Education Journals database.

Hughes-Hassell, S., & Harada, V. H. (2007). School reform and the school library media specialist. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

IB learner profile booklet (Updated January 2009 ed.). (2008, November). [Brochure]. Retrieved from http://www.ibo.org/programmes/profile/

McTighe, J., & Wiggins, G. (1999). The Understanding by Design Handbook. Alexandra, VA: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Zmuda, A. (2007). Hitch Your Wagon to a Mission Statement. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 24(1),  24-26. Retrieved from Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text database.

Zmuda, A., & Harada, V. H. (2008). Librarians as learning specialists: Meeting the learning imperative for the 21st century. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited.

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2 Responses to “Mission Statements”
  1. JUAN ZABALA says:

    Hello.
    My school is participating in the authorization process to offer de diplomma programme. We are interested on hiring an excellent librarian.
    According to your experience, would you mind sharing your knowledge by telling us the competences, skills and abilites an IB school librarian school should have.
    I really apreciate your help.
    Cordially,

    Juan Zabala
    School Principal
    Colombo Gales School – Bogotá – Colombia

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