What School Librarians Do

Information Literacy

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) states on their website that “Information and media literacy enables people to interpret and make informed judgments as users of information and media, as well as to become skillful creators and producers of information and media messages in their own right.

The following resources may be used to guide parents through the maze of information about information literacy and help to facilitate acquisition of these 21st century skills.

Communications in Information Literacy external link icon
Communications in Information Literacy (CIL) is an independent, professional, refereed electronic journal dedicated to advancing knowledge, theory, and research in the area of information literacy. The journal is committed to the principles of information literacy as set forth by the Association of College and Research Libraries. CIL is also committed to the principles of open access for academic research.

Discipline-based Information Literacy: Experience, Themes and Recommendations external link icon
Information Literacy: A set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information." (Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, ACRL, 2000.) This website is provided by the Gould Library, Carleton College.

Handbook for Information Literacy Teaching external link icon
Welcome to the Handbook for Information Literacy Teaching (HILT). This Handbook was written by a group of subject librarians at Cardiff University to support their colleagues in Information Services as they developed their information literacy teaching.

Information Fluency Continuum external link icon
The New York City School Library System uses an inquiry model in their schools. Inquiry is an essence of teaching and learning that empowers students to follow their sense of wonder into new discoveries and insights about the way the world works. The empowered learner calls upon information/inquiry skills to connect with what he or she knows, ask intriguing questions about what is not known, investigate the answers, construct new understandings, and communicate to share those understandings with others.

Information Literacy external link icon
Information Literacy resources can be located on this site, Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS), funded in part by the Scottish government.

Information Literacy Curricula and Standards external link icon
The New York State School Library Systems envision that all members of the school community will be able to obtain and use information to develop ideas, solve problems, create products in order to become productive citizens and to achieve individual potential.

The Information Literacy Website external link icon
This website has been designed and developed by information professionals from key UK organisations actively involved in the field of information literacy. The site supports practitioners by providing news, case studies, examples of best practice and freely available toolkits. Their aim is to provide a practical resource that information professionals regularly visit to discover the latest developments in information literacy.

Institute for Library and Information Literacy Education (ILILE) external link icon
The Institute for Library and Information Literacy Education provides local, regional and national leadership in fostering valuable collaboration among teachers, school library media specialists and academic faculty who work together to promote information literacy in the K-16 classroom.

National Forum on Information Literacy external link icon
The National Forum on Information Literacy was created in 1989 as a response to the recommendations of the American Library Association's Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. These education, library, and business leaders stated that no other change in American society has offered greater challenges than the emergence of the Information Age. Information is expanding at an unprecedented rate, and enormously rapid strides are being made in technology for storing, organizing, and accessing the ever-growing tidal wave of information.

UNESCO-CI: Information and Media Literacy external link icon
UNESCO's mission in this area consists of fostering information and media literate societies by encouraging the development of national information and media literacy policies, including in education.

Information Literacy: The Partnership for 21st Century Skills external link icon
The Framework for 21st Century Learning presents a holistic view of 21st century teaching and learning that combines a discrete focus on 21st century student outcomes (a blending of specific skills, content knowledge, expertise and literacies) with innovative support systems to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities required of them in the 21st century.

InfoLit Global external link icon
The primary purpose of the Information Literacy Section is to foster international cooperation in the development of information skills education in all types of libraries. The Section focuses on all aspects of information literacy including user education, learning styles, the use of computers and media in teaching and learning, networked resources, partnerships with teaching faculty in the development of instructional programmes, distance education, and the training of librarians in teaching information and technical skills.

Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education external link icon
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) defines information literacy as a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." Information literacy also is increasingly important in the contemporary environment of rapid technological change and proliferating information resources.

Information Literacy Weblog external link icon
Information Literacy: "the adoption of appropriate information behaviour to identify, through whatever channel or medium, information well fitted to information needs, leading to wise and ethical use of information in society."—Sheila Webb is a faculty member in the Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, UK.

Information Literacy external link icon
What is Information Literacy? Information Literacy is the ability to identify what information is needed, understand how the information is organized, identify the best sources of information for a given need, locate those sources, evaluate the sources critically, and share that information. It is the knowledge of commonly used research techniques.

National Forum on Information Literacy external link icon
Information Literacy is defined as the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand.

Project Information Literacy is national research project, based in the University of Washington's Information School. Their goal is “to understand how early adults conceptualize and operationalize research activities for course work and everyday use and especially how they resolve issues of credibility, authority, relevance, and currency in the digital age.

TRAILS: Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills external link icon
TRAILS is a knowledge assessment with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills based on sixth and ninth grade standards. This Web-based system was developed to provide an easily accessible and flexible tool for library media specialists and teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of their students.