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Information Literacy: the ability to effectively locate, use and evaluate information. (AASL, 1998)

With the plethora of print and digital information sources available today, it is incumbent upon both school and public library staff to rededicate and in fact, collaborate in order to impart the skills that enable young patrons/students to access, evaluate, and use information in all formats. This requires a new understanding of information literacy.

In this course you will learn how information literacy skills impact K-12 students, how information literacy is different in the print and digital world, and how technology and the Internet have changed information literacy. This course will provide you with the skills you need to:

  • Create effective strategies to integrate information literacy skills into content and to teach them to students, both individually and in group situations;
  • Support teachers in the delivery of curriculum and information literacy instruction;
  • Insure that students are effective users of information - both print and digital; and
  • Help K-12 age patrons evaluate and use print and online resources.

Workshop Description: This all day workshop, team taught by a public librarian and a school library media teacher, will challenge school and public library staff to think beyond their basic understanding of information literacy. Through discussion and hands-on exercises, participants will strengthen their vital role in educating young library users in essential skills and resources - for both the print and digital world. Development of an information literacy plan (new or updated) will be a key component of this workshop. Please note: Participants in this workshop will be expected to participate in pre- and post workshop exercises that include logging information sources, reviewing Web sites and participating in a Yahoo Group Discussion Board.

Preliminary Course Outline:

  1. Defining Information Literacy
    • Print resources
    • Digital resources
    • Continuum of skills from K-12
  2. Information Literacy Strategies
    • Whole group vs. individual
    • Opportunities for integrating information literacy skills into every interaction
    • Key criteria for evaluating informational sources, tools to teach patrons and students o
    • Student achievement linked with information literacy skills strategies
  3. Information Literacy Models and Resources
    • Useful models and lessons available and adaptability to different situations
    • Examples of information literacy through the California Content Standards
    • Collaborative examples and ideas
    • Resources for broadening awareness and usefulness - print, Web sites, Web pages
  4. Developing an Information Literacy Plan
    • Whole library/whole school/whole community
    • Planned components
    • Strategies, teaching techniques
    • Personal commitment

Workshop Instructors: Cynthia MacDonald and Rob Darrow