School Media refers to all of the literary, digital, and technological resources available to educators that compliment a traditional curriculum. This can mean anything from physical books, to e-documents, to DVDs and information technology support systems. Often, these resources are housed in a school library or in a school media center and can be utilized to help engage students.
Those who work in school media are concerned with the comprehensive education of pre-k through 12th grade students in all areas of literacy and technology fluency. School media falls under the general umbrella of “library and information science” but focuses on information technology and the proper management and use of media in schools specifically.
“Library media specialists empower students to be critical thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and ethical users of information,” says Sara Kelly Johns, president of the American Association of School Librarians.