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Library Profile

LAKELAND HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY PROFILE
"What a school thinks about its library is a measure of what it thinks about education."
- - - Harold Howe, former U.S. Commissioner of Education

At Lakeland High School we have a full-time librarian.  In many ways the librarian is also a classroom teacher.  They handle not only the circulation and shelving of materials,but  inputs orders, processes materials, adds and deletes records in the automated card catalog, makes calls and processes information for interlibrary loans.  They also select materials, create bibliographies, give book talks, design and maintains this web page and presents formal lessons to all grade levels for the Childhood Internet Protection Act (CIPA)/Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) and lessons in evaluating information, using databases, and writing a research paper with proper citations.  

The mission of the library media program at Lakeland High School is to provide the students and staff with an environment that fosters the development of independent thinkers who value lifelong learning and are capable of participating fully in a rapidly changing world.

GOALS OF THE LIBRARY MEDIA PROGRAM

  • To provide as promptly as possible a high percentage of the materials needed by the users.
  • To effectively incorporate appropriate technology into the design and implementation of instruction.
  • To work with the faculty to gain a clear understanding of their educational objectives and to communicate to them the ways in which library skills can be integrated into their existing curricula.  On an ongoing basis, the librarian collaborates with teachers to enhance and enrich curriculum through multi-media station projects and other research-related units.
  • To teach students to use the library while developing location, research and literature appreciation skills. To encourage and share a love of reading.

 Lakeland High School Librarian Ms. GriffinYour Librarian:  Ms. Griffin came to Lakeland High School after sixteen years at the Thomas Jefferson Elementary School library in this District. She has also worked in a public library, a prison library, and the academic library at West Point.

Ms. G received her B.A. from Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, New York. She won a Challenger Fellowship and subsequently received her Master's in Library Science (MLS) from SUNY Albany.  Because of her military service in the Air Force, Ms. Griffin has attended colleges ranging from Central Missouri State University to the University of Alaska in Anchorage.

Ms. G is a voracious reader and avid traveler. Among other educational opportunities, she attended the "Lewis and Clark" seminar through the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) in North Dakota. She also enjoyed NEH workshops on public monuments in Washington, D.C., one with the University of Idaho on "Silver Mining in the West: Conflict and Community on the Frontier," one with the University of Wyoming about "Women's Suffrage on the Western Frontier," one in South Carolina on the "Revolutionary War in the Southern Backcountry," as well as one in Sonoma, California on Jack London. In 2008, she traveled to Eugene, Oregon to attend a National Endowment for the Humanities Institute on "Mesoamerican History and Culture" at the University of Oregon. In 2009, Ms. G studied "Daily Life in Ancient Israel and Jordan" at Andrews University in Michigan and got to put together pottery that was over 3,000 years old!  In 2010 Ms. G traveled upstate to Colgate University to study "Abolitionism and the Underground Railroad."  Our state has an immensely rich heritage to explore!  In 2011, Ms. G went to Illinois College to study the "Westward Frontier" and, of course, Abraham Lincoln.  In 2013, Ms. G drove cross country for a family occasion, stopping to hike for two weeks in Utah.  Arches National Park is #1 on her list of parks that trip but Canyonlands, Bryce and Zion were not far behind.  The Mojave was a little to barren for me but I loved Yosemite and was fortunate enough to be there before the fires.   What an amazingly varied country we have! 

In 2016 Ms. Griffin attended an NEH Institute at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania that focused on Irish immigration and the use of these immigrants to build the railroad in the 1830s.  There was a sociological study on the effect of a cholera epidemic in the U.S. and, more specifically, Duffy's Cut.  We were privileged to work with both a forensic dentist and a forensic anthropologist and worked on 5,000 year old skeletons from the University forensics lab in Philadelphia. During the summer of 2017 Ms. Griffin followed the 28% found in her DNA profile to Scandinavia by visiting Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Norway.  In 2018, Ms. Griffin studied in Scotland, Wales and parts of England.  Most recently Ms. Griffin learned about the effects of WWII and the imposition of communism in Eastern Europe while visiting Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, and the Czech Republic.

Ms. G has an ongoing interest in information literacy and information retrieval strategies. She has taught a number of classes within the District on those topics as well as topics such as Bibliotherapy, Children's and Young Adult Literature, Curriculum Connections, Learning Styles and Information Literacy.   She keeps up to date on the latest in Library practice and research trends. The secondary librarians updated the student Research Guide to align it to the new MLA 8th Edition standards incorporating Google Classroom tools and continue to update it as the new, more flexible standards evolve.
 
In addition Ms. Griffin has been a member of the Medical Reserve Corp. (MRC) in her county for over 17 years and been involved in public health initiatives as well as community safety and preparedness.  She has worked with trainers in Active Shooter presentations and trained participants in treating wounds during the course of Homeland Security's Stop the Bleed program.  Most recently she has been working on the Covid-19 hotline, putting together PPE for county medical providers, and helping to set up and then take down a County Recovery Center at Dutchess Community College.  Luckily the surge did not require the center but it is stored and ready for use as the situation changes.  As fall starts, Ms. Griffin will be volunteering in flu vaccine clinics throughout her county.