Welcome to Library Services

Our Mission

Our school libraries empower learners to be curious, critical, and creative thinkers; enthusiastic readers; skillful researchers; and conscientious digital citizens.

View our LPS School Library Objectives here

We Value

  • Students at the center of learning
  • Personalized learning driven by student interest and initiative
  • Powerful questioning and the inquiry process
  • Programs that facilitate critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration
  • Reading as essential to learning and personal growth
  • Qualified school librarians in every school
  • Equitable access to librarians, resources, and technologies
  • Inclusiveness, respect for diversity and multiple viewpoints
  • Intellectual freedom
  • Modeling and teaching digital citizenship and ethical behavior
  • Family and community partnerships
  • Reading for pleasure
  • Curiosity, innovation, and discovery

Vision Statement

Our library programs will be essential instructional partners in creating future ready global citizens. We will teach students to think critically, curate effectively, and create new and imaginative solutions.  Through excellent instruction, our libraries will empower students with information literacy skills that will prepare them to question productively, learn independently, and work collaboratively. We will provide equitable access to quality resources and creative opportunities.

  • Prepare students to be future ready global citizens
  • Model, promote, and foster inquiry
  • Teach students to be ethical and informed citizens
  • Provide and support excellent teaching and instruction
  • Create inspiring and versatile library spaces that best serve the learning community
  • Use data to create program initiatives and instructional practices that increase student achievement
  • Provide equitable access to quality resources in a variety of formats
  • Develop and support literacy at school and at home
  • Serve as leaders, program administrators, educators, collaborative partners, and information specialists
  • Inspire curiosity and wonder

School Libraries


Dr. Christine Haeffner

Director of Library Services

Joy Harvey, Coordinator
jharvey@lps.org, 402-436-1842

Betsy Thomas, Library Instructional Leader
bthomas2@lps.org, 402-436-1839

Emily Jacobs, Library Instructional Leader
ejacobs2@lps.org, 402-436-1830

Selection and Reconsideration Process in LPS Libraries

Updated in February 2022

The mission of school libraries in Lincoln Public Schools is to empower learners to be curious, critical, and creative thinkers; enthusiastic readers; skillful researchers; and conscientious citizens.

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