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  Patricia Richardson, Secretarial Assistant, Library Materials Processing 972-882-5549  
  Gail Rowden, Acquisitions Manager 972-882-5550  
  Debbie Swartz, Library Technology Facilitator 972-882-5547  
  Ivy Willis, Clerical Assistant, Library Materials Processing 972-882-5510  
  Mary Woodard, Director, Library Services 972-882-7450  


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Mission of MISD Libraries
To collaboratively teach literacy skills (reading, research, technology, etc...) and promote open access to quality resources for the school community.

The success of the library program is determined by campus student achievement and state library standards.

MISD librarians ensure success by proactive commitment to continuous improvement of the library program.

Vision of MISD Libraries
MISD librarians envision a 21st century library program that increases students’ achievement and potential for future success.

  • The 21st century library has two distinct manifestations. The physical library features an inviting, friendly atmosphere staffed by a certified professional who works to help teachers and students navigate an increasingly complex information environment; the virtual library provides access to library resources and tools 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Both physical and virtual libraries promote intellectual freedom and provide equitable access to the resources and tools required for learning.

  • In the 21st century library, reading is a foundational skill for learning, personal growth and enjoyment. It is encouraged at all grade levels through various promotional and instructional activities designed to develop successful readers.

  • In the 21st century library, inquiry provides a framework for learning. Students are taught to locate, select, evaluate and use information appropriately and effectively.

  • In the 21st century library, collaboration is fundamental. Teachers and librarians work together to deliver instruction that focuses on critical thinking skills, literacy skills and curriculum connections.

  • In the 21st century library, learning is social, customized and personalized. Students are connected with information and each other, while creating new understandings and celebrating accomplishments.

  • In the 21st century library, technology is ubiquitous. Library users employ technology to locate materials and information, circulate items, collaborate with each other and create products. Librarians provide leadership and training for teachers and students in the use of current and emerging technologies.

  • In the 21st century library, the collection is varied, balanced and current. It features information in multiple formats for all needs and interests, supports the curriculum and is appealing to library users.

  • In the 21st century library, systems and routines are established that break down barriers and allow students and teachers to use the library independently and at point of need.