P1- The library media program is essential to learning and teaching and must be fully integrated into the curriculum to promote students’ achievement of learning goals: Books for the independent reading assignment will be checked out from the school media center. Before the project begins, the school media specialist will work collaboratively with the English teacher to create a list of suggested titles. As the project begins, the school media specialist will work individually with students to help them in selecting books that match their interests. The school media specialist will also help students to create final projects by using a variety of technological resources available through the library.

P2- The information literacy standards for student learning are integral to the content and objectives of the school’s curriculum: Although the teacher has specified the overarching theme (dystopias), the project itself allows for each student to conduct a personal inquiry into elements of society that might lead to that dystopia. Though multiple students might choose to read the same books, each will choose a personalized focus for exploration.

P3- The library media program models and promotes collaborative planning and curriculum development: The library media specialist and the English classroom teacher have worked collaboratively to create this project.

P4- The library media program models and promotes creative, effective, and collaborative teaching: The school media specialists will take the lead in helping students to select and develop projects. The media specialist has also pre-selected or created book blurbs or multimedia clips to introduce students to the available novels.

P5- Access to the full range of information resources and services through the library media program is fundamental to learning: Students have access to all of the media center’s production resources, including laptops, books, video cameras, digital cameras, microphones, projectors, audio books, DVDs, Kindles, and MP3 players. The school library media specialist is available to instruct students on the use of all these items.

P6- The library media program encourages and engages students in reading, viewing, and listening for understanding and enjoyment: Students can read book blurbs or watch multimedia clips to assist them in their choice of novels. The school library media center also has a variety of audiobooks and movie versions available for student use.

P7- The library media program supports the learning of all students and other members of the learning community who have diverse learning abilities, styles, and needs: Audiobooks, MP3 players, and headphones are available for auditory learners. DVDs are available for visual learners. Tactile learners will excel in the project production phase of the project, where they can use video cameras, laptops, and digital cameras.

P8- The library media program fosters individual and collaborative inquiry: All students engage in a collaborative inquiry of examining the question, “What makes a dystopia?” Inquiries are also individual, in that each student explores different a different novel and chooses which societal aspects he wishes to focus his investigation on.

P9- The library media program integrates the uses of technology for learning and teaching: Students have access to a wide variety of technological tools, including audiobooks, MP3 players, headphones, DVDs, Kindles, laptops, video cameras, digital cameras, microphones, and editing software.

P10- The library media program is an essential link to the larger learning community: This project creates a link between the English classroom and the school library media center. It also fosters personal exploration. For some projects, students may need to reference other classroom texts or teachers (history, biology, chemistry, etc.) to explain various dystopian elements. Students’ final projects can be displayed in the media center for visitors to examine.

Works Consulted:
Information Power: Building Partnership for Learning. Chicago: American Library Association, 1998.

Lamb, Annette. “Guide 3: The Learning Laboratory.” Information Age Inquiry. http://virtualinquiry.com/course/guide3.html#pr3