Vision for the Library Media Program and for the students of Clear Lake: 


To meet the needs of all students in the District of Clear Lake to be effective users of information and technology skills and tools necessary for successful life in the 21st century, the Library Media Program, through collaboration with teachers and administrators, will:

1. Maximize the availability and accessibility of the Library Media Specialist to work with students individually and in groups to teach and use inquiry, digital literacy and information management skills

2. Create virtual and physical library and learning environments where students can individually and collectively contribute to the world of knowledge through meaningful inquiry and critical evaluation while demonstrating good digital citizenship through the ethical use of information.

3. Create an environment where students read, view and listen for pleasure, personal growth and learning. 

4. Have sufficient resources, access, and tools for all students to individually and collaboratively explore their information and literature needs and interests, develop their own personal information management strategies, and create, communicate and exchange ideas with others in multiple formats

5. Use measurable data to assess student learning and evaluate program effectiveness


This vision is based on the needs of the Clear Lake School District students and on the Wisconsin School Library Media Program Vision 2010 forStudents and the Wisconsin Vision 2010 for Library Media Programs.  


Staff of the ClearLake Library Media Program

The Clear Lake Library Media Program (LMP) has one full-time district professional library media specialist who splits her time between the Jr/Sr High School and the Elementary School. The one part-time aide also splits her time between the two LMCs in the district.


Vision for Role of Library Media Specialist


As a teacher, teaches students to ask higher level thinking questions, conduct inquiry, ethically use appropriate technology tools and resources, communicate using a variety of formats while developing their own knowledge base

As a leader in the school’s learning community, collaborates with teachers to:
-assure access to an information and technology-rich curricula which motivates all students to be effective users of information

-use effective teaching strategies embedded in general   
education curricula to teach each student to be a progressively active 21st century learner         


As administrator of the library media center, creates information and literacy-rich environments for students and teachers that meet their curricular and personal needs 

The LMS offers professional development (mostly one-on-one) opportunities to the faculty and staff as it relates to information research, including facilitating the use of web resources, both purchased and those available without cost to the district. The LMS attends numerous library media workshops and other workshops related to information technology that are offered by the local CESA each year, attends the St. Croix Valley Reading Council meetings, and attends the yearly WEMTA professional conference.


Instructional Resources of the CLSD Library Media Centers


The goal in developing the collection at the Clear Lake School District LMCs is to maintain a quality collection that is current and meets the diverse information and recreational reading needs of all patrons.  The collection must also support all course curriculums with materials that are appropriate for a wide range of reading levels and learning styles.  The collection is developed following the guidelines in the District Selection Policy, with student and teacher requests, and with the Title Wise Collection Analysis from Follett Library Resources. The analysis from Follett provides information about the ages and quantities of titles in all areas of the library, which is used in the selection and weeding process.  The LMP provides Web Path Express through Destiny Library Manager, and the web databases listed under each school’s resource description.  The LMC Webpage  has many links to other web resources for research and learning, most notably BadgerLink with its many free and valuable resources, including Encyclopædia Britannica Online and Soundzabound, a site to locate royalty-free music for multi-media projects. BadgerLink Research Guide is a great resource that aligns the CCSS and the steps to conducting research for grades 6-12.  

Clear Lake Elementary School LMC Facility and Program Description


The Elementary LMP serves 352 students in grades Early Childhood-Grade 6.  There are 19 classroom teachers, 3 special education teachers, one teacher in each of the following disciplines: instrumental music, vocal music, physical education, art, and library media with an average of 17 students for every teacher.  The elementary library is open from 8:30 to 3:15 each day with closings during lunch. This is a change from being open each morning and allows the LMS to have extended hours at the Jr/Sr High LMC before and after school.  The library aide checks out books to the 3rd through 6th grade students on Monday and Wednesday, allowing a longer period of time for a literacy lesson with the LMS during their 25-minute library class time each week. With this check out schedule, the LMS is able to spend two half days at the Jr/Sr High LMC. When the elementary LMC is open, it is rare that students are not in the LMC, either checking out and/or reading books, using the computers for research, word processing, creating multi-media projects, or taking reading tests.  If the LMS is not involved with teaching a class, she is available for one-on-one instruction with book selection, research, evaluation, word-processing and such, to help them become efficient and effective users of information.  The LMS teaches all 20 classrooms each week during their 25-minutes scheduled “library time.” Teachers occasionally schedule their classes to meet in the LMC for research and research instruction.  When there are no classes in the LMC, it is regularly used as a place for small group meetings, for volunteers to work with small groups of children, and for parent/teacher meetings.  After school hours the LMC is often used as the meeting space for faculty and committee meetings, Girl Scouts, community education classes, and as a space for Destination Imagination groups.


The 1,838 square foot facility seats 24 students at the tables and three at the computer station.  The ceiling-mounted LCD projector is connects to the LMS’ laptop and used for whole class instruction. The newly remodeled library connects to a computer lab that houses 25 computers which makes it possible for the LMS to conduct whole-class computer-related activities with each student on their own computer.  Along with 2 computer labs, the school district has two laptop carts, one cart with 30 iPads, and  a cart of 15 Samsung tablets.  The carts allow students of all ages to learn on different devices with a variety of resources.


The LMC has been automated since the early 1990s with Follett Circulation and Catalog System, but the change to Follett's Destiny Library Manager, has offered easy access to print, digital (including e-Books) and media resources.  The print collection includes more than 15,000 resources. The collection includes over 8,400 nonfiction books, 4,300 fiction books, 3,250 picture books, 1,200 Easy Readers, 366 reference titles, 300 magazines in circulation, an audiovisual collection of 795 items, and a professional collection of over 620 items.  The Elementary LMC subscribes to 12 magazines and journals and 2 newspapers. In addition, the LMC has paid subscriptions to the following web resources of:  BrainPOP, CultureGrams, ExploringNature, Web Path Express, WISCareers, Enchanted Learning, Tumblebooks, Bookflix, Learn 360, Speakaboos, and Starfall.


The Elementary School Library Media Collection Mapping Analysis and Circulation Report is available on the Clear Lake School District Information and Technology Plan website.



Junior/Senior High School LMC Facility and Program Description


The Junior/Senior High School LMC serves approximately 255 students in grades 7-12 and 22 teachers with an average of 12 students for every teacher.  The LMC is open from 7:50 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the school day. Students may come to the LMC during the common study hall or “WR-AP” during the last period of the day. Teachers can check out the library so their classes can meet in the LMC for research and research instruction.  There is no formal library media curriculum at the high school level, except the requirement to teach the incoming 7th grade students about the expectations and use of their school email, what a good digital citizen is, including how to use and credit intellectual property that is not their own. Collaboration between teachers and the library media specialist is encouraged and sought out year-round to teach or reinforce research skills.  A change in the schedule has resulted in the media specialist having more time available at the high school.  When available, the LMS provides one-on-one instruction with book selection, research, evaluation, word-processing and help with using a web resource.


The 3,036 square foot facility seats 28 and includes a computer station with 7 computers.  Students under the supervision of the LMC assistant can use computers in two computer labs directly across the hallway from the LMC entrance during “WR-AP.” Computers may be used for the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog), the Internet, multi-media projects, or word processing.  There is a small conference/study/viewing room with seating for four that is equipped with a TV and VCR. There is very adequate workroom and storage space.


The LMC is automated with Destiny Library Manager, which offers print resources, DVDs, e-Books, and Web Path Express. The collection includes 9,461 resources.  The collection includes over 5,500 nonfiction books, 2,640 fiction books, 586 reference titles, an audiovisual collection of 495 items, and a professional collection of 134 items. The LMC subscribes to 26 magazines and journals and 3 newspapers. In addition, the LMC has paid subscriptions to the following web resources of: Learn360, CultureGrams, ExploringNature, Web Path Express, WISCareers, GoAnimate for Schools, and Glogster.


The Junior/Senior High School Library Media Collection Mapping Analysis and Circulation Report is available on the Clear Lake School District Information and Technology Plan website. Last updated on: April 7, 2016