To Know

Library Department

The school library media center is often described as the "heart" of the learning program and information literacy is defined as the ability to find and use information. The Library Department provides a resource to build the information literacy of students who are effective workers and citizens in an era continuously bombarded by data. Information literacy helps students deal with this data glut by developing the ability to plan a resource-based project, think critically about data, research for needed information, and create and present a new synthesis to others.

To Do

Today’s student lives and learns in a world radically altered by an explosion of knowledge and by the ready availability of vast stores of information in a variety of formats. The objective of the library is to integrate research and information skills into the context of the subject areas. By using the Library Media Center staff and resources for enrichment of a unit, students can be information literate by having the abilities to locate, select, and organize ideas and information.DISINGUISHED

SKILLS

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PROFICIENT

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Accessing information efficiently and effectively.

Lists some ideas for how to identify and find needed information.

Frames both broad and specific questions that will help in finding needed information.

Formulates and revises plans for accessing information for a range of needs and situations.

Evaluating information critically and competently

Recognizes fact, opinion, and point of view in various information sources.

Determines which sources are more accurate, relevant, and comprehensive.

Assembles facts, opinions, and point of view as appropriate in one's own work.

Using information accurately and creatively.

Names a variety of different formats for presenting different kinds of information.

Draws conclusions by combining what is already known about a topic with new information.

Devises creative approaches to using info. to resolve info. problems or questions.

The above examples were adapted from:

Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning. Chicago and London: American Association of School Librarians and Association for Educational Communications and Technology, 1998.