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DoDEA’s Information Centers provide a diverse collection of books and digital resources that are aligned to the curriculum and fosters the love of reading. Students are encouraged to visit and check out materials during the school day. Digital resources can be accessed at school and from home.

The DoDEA School Library Information Center Program:

  • Provides access to print and non-print resource materials that are aligned to the DoDEA curriculum.
  • Facilitates library services and literacy programming that fosters a love of reading.
  • Defines the essential information literacy skills required for student achievement in the 21st century.
  • Collaborates with educators to design learning strategies and deliver instruction that meets the needs of the military child.

Information Resources and Databases

The Information Center has many databases that support research, independent learning, and inquiry. To access the databases outside of school, you will need a user name and password; please see your school information specialist for this information.

Students use Mackinvia

Ellis D. Parker Elementary School students logging on to the Britannica database during their weekly specials rotation.  The Media Center has over 46 databases that students can access from home. Students can access the databases using MackinVia. MACKIN VIA will allow students, media specialists, teachers and administrators to simultaneously use and manage all their ebooks and online databases with one simple login.

Students using Smartboard in Media Center

Students rotate using the Smartboard in the Media Center. This young lady is showing her class how to use the school website as a resource for information.

DODEA Information Media Centers have adapted “The American Association of School Librarians” (AASL) Standards.  The standards focus on Six Shared Foundations – Inquire, Include, Collaborate, Curate, Explore, and Engage, which highlight the standard’s core educational concepts. These standards support CCRS across all content areas.


Inquire: Build new knowledge by inquiring, thinking critically, identifying problems, and developing strategies for solving problems.

Include: Demonstrate an understanding of commitment to inclusiveness and respect for diversity in the learning community.

Collaborate: Work effectively with others to broaden perspectives and work toward common goals.

Curate: Make meaning for oneself and other by collecting, organizing, and sharing resources of personal relevance.

Explore: Discover and innovate in a growth mindset developed through experience and reflection.

Engage: Demonstrate safe, legal, and ethical creating and sharing of knowledge products independently while engaging in a community of practice and an interconnect world.