Information Literacy


This course is not currently being offered as part of this year’s course schedule; however, for groups who have 20 or more individuals interested in taking the course, we can offer it exclusively to your organization! In this YALSA e-course, participants will learn why teens need librarians to integrate technology into every aspect of service from homework help to readers' advisory to programming.

Diane McNutt and Jane Light, Silicon Valley Reads, will describe this library’s "one book-one community" program in Santa Clara (Calif.) County. Its 2012 program, "Muslim and American -Two Perspectives," featured two books written by American Muslims, ("The Muslim Next Door" by Sumbul Ali-Karamali and "The Butterfly Mosque" by G. Willow Wilson). More than 100 programs were presented, including author readings, panel discussions, films, an open house evening at a local mosque and an art exhibit.
Looking for strategies to help learners self-assess their ability to apply the Standards for the 21st-Century Learner? In this webinar, participants will design assessment strategies that will enable learners to gauge their ability to apply the information literacy standards as they gather, evaluate and use information. Participants will also use the evidence gathered from learner self-assessments to assess instructional outcomes. Examples of assessment strategies will be provided and access to an information literacy assessment strategies pathfinder.
Self-PacedeCourseAttendance Cert.
Inquiry and literacy – are they one and the same or complementary processes? Participants explore different inquiry models and how literacy can be instilled throughout.
Critical library instruction, situated within critical pedagogy, examines power and privilege in the classroom and beyond. Through this webcast, participants will begin to situate this praxis for their own roles as librarian educators.
Makerspaces are gaining popularity in public libraries across the U.S. These innovative spots introduce library patrons to tools, like 3D printers and makerbots, not normally found in the library and offer patrons the opportunity to explore their interests, use new tools, and develop creative projects. Join webinar presenter, Lauren Britton, developer of the “Fayetteville Fab Lab” at the Fayetteville (N.Y.) Free Library, to learn all about makerspaces including what they are, why your library should think about developing one, and what elements need to be incorporated.
Two years ago, it was estimated that over 500,000,000 GB of data is created online every 48 hours. To put that into perspective, it is the same amount of information we created from the dawn of civilization until 2003. Undoubtedly, this is a mind-bending number, but also totally believable, living in a world of Tweets, Pinning, Tumbling, status updates and instantaneous sharing. The amount of information that has already been indexed online and the amount that is being added everyday is enough to overwhelm even the sharpest of researchers.