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GMS Media Center: About Us

About Us

Mission and Vision

The Gaithersburg Middle School Media Center strives to be an integral part of the school’s instructional program. Our mission is is to prepare students for success by providing a diverse, relevant collection, encouraging student empowerment, and supporting opportunities for students to demonstrate reflective and responsible practices. We aim to create an environment which encourages all students to utilize information resources and acquire skills to become lifelong independent learners by:

  • Supporting and nurturing a love of reading in a variety of formats, including print and digital mediums
  • Providing a diverse collection reflective of the student population
  • Providing a welcoming, flexible environment that encourages students to take charge of their own learning
  • Considering the social/emotional needs of all students 

Our vision is to support student achievement by integrating information literacy and information technology skills into the content curriculum and to ensure that students and staff are effective users and creators of ideas and information.

Media Center Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • demonstrate an appreciation of literature and reading
  • locate information to meet an identified need
  • gather relevant information from appropriate resources
  • organize and manage information found in print, non-print, and computer/online formats.
  • interpret information to generate new understandings and knowledge
  • communicate findings by producing materials in an appropriate format
  • demonstrate responsible attitudes toward the use of information
Meet Your Library Media Family

Ms. Nelson

Media Specialist

Life and work experiences have taught me the importance of leading by example and trusting in one’s dreams. I am a first-generation Cuban/Salvadoran-American, born and raised in Wheaton, Maryland. I moved to the Damascus area 20 years ago. I have two boys, 19 and 24. When I have spare time, I enjoy taking day trips with the family, exploring the beauty of Maryland, and photographing the landscapes. I also love reading books and listen to audiobooks while commuting to work.

I chose to pursue my graduate degree in Library Information Science at UMD with a School Library Media specialization to solidify my educational background in library and information sciences. My vision is to promote educational support for all students while at school and home, to instill an awareness of the digital divide, foster digital citizenship, and implement change to ensure that all students have access to valuable digital and non-digital resources. 

My most recent reads:

  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

  • The Unwanted Stories of the Syrian Refugees

Ms. Runnings

Media Assistant