If you ask Lawton High School (LHS) Library-Media Specialist Maureen DuRant what her primary goals are for the library program at LHS, she would say, “to educate students in information literacy, to collaborate with faculty, and to build the library collection to serve library patrons, including students, faculty, administrators, and parents.”
She said she's incredibly grateful for the Student Investment Program (SIP) funds to help achieve those goals and has worked in collaboration with all stakeholders to make expenditures that best serve the LHS community.
Her days also include working with Student Technology Leaders to troubleshoot computer issues, teaching individual students how to search online databases, use Google applications, format documents, and write papers; participating on committees; reading with the Library Book club; setting up for special events; and generally running the library.
DuRant said she’s most proud of the work she’s doing with other LHS teachers to initiate the Starbooks book project; the establishment of the Oklahoma: A Read State archive and collection, for which she received an LPS Foundation grant; and the targeted professional development (PD) she does for faculty. One particular PD, “Screencasting Using Screencastify,” included the use of wireless microphones provided to the library by a PTSA grant she received.
“I want to the library-media center to be a welcoming destination for the entire LHS community," DuRant said, "a place where we find and use information to meet individual and collective goals. I think Herminone Granger sums up how I want everyone to feel; she said, ‘When in doubt, go to the library.’”
To see browse other happenings, visit the Google Site DuRant created for the LHS Library-Media Center: https://sites.google.com/lawtonps.org/lawtonhighschoollibrary/home