Sampson County's Media Department is comprised of a Technology/Media Director and seventeen Media Specialists. The primary objective of the unit-level and school media programs are to implement, enrich, and support the instructional program of the schools in that unit. The media program makes available, through the media collection, a wide range of materials on varying levels of difficulty with a diversity of appeal compatible with the different needs, interests, and viewpoints of students and teachers. The procurement of materials must be accomplished in accordance with law, including the First Amendment of the United States Constitution; board educational goals; board purchasing and accounting policies; and established selection guidelines, including the Library Bill of Rights of the American Library Association. The objectives of the selection of supplementary materials are as follows.
• To provide media that will enrich and support the curriculum, taking into consideration individual needs and the varied interests, abilities, socio-economic backgrounds, and maturity levels of the students served.
• To provide media that stimulates growth in factual knowledge, literary appreciation, aesthetic values, and ethical standards.
• To provide a background of information enabling students to make intelligent judgments in their daily lives.
• To provide materials on opposing sides of controversial issues so that students may develop, under guidance, the practice of critical thinking and of critical analysis of all media.
• To provide materials representative of the many religious, ethnic, and cultural groups in our nation and the contributions of these groups to our American heritage.
• To place principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice in selecting media of the highest quality in order to assure a comprehensive collection appropriate for the users of the media center.