Information Literacy

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Abilock, Debbie. How Can Students Know Whether the Information They Find Online is True - or Not? Educational Leadership.2012. How do we help students learn how to judge the validity and accuracy of an online source?

Assessment of Information Literacy Skills

Farmer, Leslie S.J. and James Henri. Information Literacy Assessment in K-12 Settings. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-8108-5695-0. This book gives Pre-K to high school school librarians information on the topic of information literacy assessment as applied to the school setting. In addition to a general introduction the processes and problems of information literacy assessment and instruments of assessment are discussed.

The Project for Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills (SAILS) is a Kent State University initiative to develop an instrument for standardized assessment of information literacy skills. The test items are based on the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Use of these standards maximizes the ability of the instrument to be used by a wide variety of academic institutions for internal and external benchmarking. SAILS is a knowledge test with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills. The test items are based on the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.

TRAILS: Tool for Real-time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills TRAILS is a knowledge assessment with multiple-choice questions targeting a variety of information literacy skills based on 3rd, 6th, 9th, and 12th grade standards. The assessment items are based on Ohio Academic Content Standards and the American Association of School Librarians' Information Power and Standards for the 21st-Century Learner. The Web-based system was developed to provide an easily accessible and flexible tool for school librarians and teachers to identify strengths and weaknesses in the information-seeking skills of their students. It is made available at no cost to users.

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Callison, Daniel, and Leslie Preddy. The Blue Book on Information Age Inquiry, Instruction and Literacy. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2006. ISBN 1-59158-325-X. Blending educational and library science theories, this book describes the essential role of the school librarian in education, and it provides many practical ideas and resources for teaching information literacy skills.

Curzon, Susan and Lynn Lampert, eds. Proven Strategies for Building an Information Literacy Program. New York: Neal Schuman, 2007. ISBN 978-1555706081 These authors feature the concept of an 'information literacy wheel' (planning, teaching models, collaboration, marketing, assessment, etc.) and each section on the wheel is analyzed by an authority in information literacy including Mike Eisenberg, Lesley Farmer, and others.

DeAbreau, Belinha S. Teaching Media Literacy: A How-to-do it Manual. New York: Neal Schuman, 2007. ISBN 9781555705961 This guide includes ready-to-use lessons for teaching media literacy in many forms including television, movies, photography, images, music, video, and more. There are curriculum connections for all the major core curriculum areas.

Eisenberg, Michael B., Carrie Lowe and Kathleen Spitzer. Information Literacy; Essential Skills for the Information Age. 2d ed. Westport, CT, Libraries Unlimited, 2004. ISBN 1-59158-143-5. Tracing the history of information literacy, the authors discuss its economic importance, examine past, present, and future research in the field, and explain how information literacy relates to the national and state standards. It is a good place to start for building a theoretical base.

Frey, Nancy and Douglas Fisher. Teaching Visual Literacy: Using Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Anime, Cartoons, and More to Develop Comprehension and Thinking Skills. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press, 2008. ISBN 1412953111. This resource offers background articles, research, practical ideas and sample lesson plans to help educators address multiple competencies in literacy, and help students comprehend and assess visual information.

Information Literacy: Search Strategies, Tools and Resources for High School Students and College Freshman. 2d ed. Columbus, OH: Linworth Publishing Co., 2010. ISBN 9781586833787. This book examines information literacy from five types of learning: content understanding, problem-solving, metacognition, collaboration, and communication. It includes lesson plans, pre-and post-tests, scoring rubrics, and a checklist for evaluating online databases, among others. Link is for e-book.

Kulthau, Carol, Leslie K. Maniotes, and Ann K. Caspari. Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century. Westport, CT. Libraries Unlimited, 2007. ISBN 1-59158-435-3. Kuhlthau and her co-authors have teamed up to create a text on guided inquiry—a method for teaching curriculum content, information literacy and other strategies for learning.

Loertscher, David V., and Blanche Woolls. Information Literacy: A Review of the Research. 2nd ed. Spring, TX, LMC Source, 2002. ISBN 0-931510-80-5. Review of research on information literacy published in research journals and research retreats, with suggestions for translating the research into practice. This edition includes studies done in Canada, Australia, Great Britain and the United States.

Reidling, Ann Marlow. An Educator’s Guide to Information Literacy; What Every High School Senior Needs to Know. Westport, CT, Libraries Unlimited, 2007. ISBN 1-59158-446-9. A resource book for high school seniors, this could be used to prepare them for college research skills and literacy expectations.

Smith, Jane Bandy. Teaching and Testing Information Literacy Skills. Columbus, OH, Linworth Publishing Co., 2005. ISBN 1-58683-078-3. This book will help school librarians learn how to collaborate with teachers to effectively teach and assess information literacy skills.

Taylor, Joie. Information Literacy and the School Library Media Center. Westport, CT: Libraries Unlimited, 2005. ISBN 0-313-32020-9. This book focuses on how information literacy is implemented through curriculum areas through the collaborative efforts of classroom teachers and school librarians.

Thomas, Nancy Pickering. Information Literacy and Information Skills Instruction; Applying Research to Practice in the School Library Media Center. 3rd ed. Westport, CT, Libraries Unlimited, 2011. ISBN 978-1-59884-490-0. A thorough summary and review of research related to information literacy, look here for reviews of the literature concerning learning styles, information skills, literacy skills, technological literacy, and bibliographic instruction; the author discusses current trends, issues and applications for the research reviewed.

Valenza, Joyce Kasman. Power Tools Recharged: 125+ Essential Forms and Presentations for Your School Library Media Program. Chicago: American Library Association, 2004. ISBN 0-8389-0880-2. A completely revised hands-on guide to address school librarians' most pressing issues. A collection of must-have, customizable tools to help with administration, assessment, teaching information literacy and making powerful presentations to administrators, teachers, students, parents and community leaders.

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Curriculum Resources

S.O.S. for Information Literacy S.O.S. for Information Literacy is a dynamic web-based multimedia resource for educators that seeks to make a significant contribution to enhancing the teaching of information literacy skills to students in K-16. It is a dynamic web-based multimedia resource that includes lesson plans, handouts, presentations, videos and other resources to enhance the teaching of information literacy. The acronym stands for "Situation, Outcomes, Strategies."

General Information

American Association of School Librarians. Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009. Defining the future direction of school library programs, this document is a school library program vision statement based on the Standards for the 21st Century Learner.

American Association of School Librarians. Learning4Life: A National Plan for the Implementation of Standards for the 21st-Century Learner and Empowering Learners: Guidelines for School Library Media Programs A downloadable document describing the national level implementation plan for AASL's current student learning and school library program standards

American Association of School Librarians. A Planning Guide for Empowering Learners: with School Library Program Assessment Rubric. Chicago: American Library Association, 2010. The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) has joined with Britannica Digital Learning to co-publish an online, interactive school library program planning module and workbookto help school librarians implement the AASL program guidelines.

American Association of School Librarians. Standards for the 21st Century Learner. Chicago: American Library Association, 2007. This is the overview document for the current AASL standards for student learning through school library programming. It describes the common beliefs behind the standards and delineates the standards for the 21st century learner to achieve.

American Association of School Librarians. Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action. Chicago: American Library Association, 2009. This publication provides instructional support for teaching the essential skills defined in the Standards for the 21st Century Learner document. It describes benchmarks and gives action examples by grade level. Click for a preview.

These are the latest publications from AASL on its 21st-century learning standards and school library programs. These materials may be obtained from AASL. Ordering information

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Information Literacy Models

The Big6™ Skills Information Problem-Solving Approach The home page for the Big 6 model and its many resources and publications.

Eisenberg, Michael B. The Big6 Workshop Handbook: Implementation and Impact, Fourth Edition. Worthington, OH, Linworth Publishing, 2011. ISBN 978-1-58683-422-7.The latest edition of the Big6 Workshop Handbook contains the information that is current and essential to understanding and implementing this premier information literacy model. At its most fundamental level, the Big6 is a six-stage process model for information problem-solving and decision-making.

Comparison of Research Models This document offers information on the components of various research models.

DIALOGUE Model INFOrmation Network for Ohio Schools' model for Inquiry and Knowledge Building.

Information Search Process Offering from Carol Kuhlthau.

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Online Resources

American Association of School Librarians/Association of College and Research Libraries. Blueprint for Collaboration. AASL and the Association of College and Research Libraries share the goals of fostering lifelong learning and ensuring that students at all educational levels are prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st century. This report page is a product of a joint task force charged to examine the educational role of libraries and recommending ways of initiating and fostering means of affecting closer collaboration between librarians in K-12 and post-secondary education to the benefit of the constituencies they serve.

Association of College and Research Libraries. Information Literacy. This website is the ACRL Information Literacy Coordinating Committee's gateway to resources on information literacy. It includes an overview, standards and resources as well as links to ACRL's various programs and initiatives.

Association of College and Research Libraries. Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education provides a framework for assessing the information literate individual. It provides higher education an opportunity to articulate its information literacy competencies with those of K-12 so that a continuum of expectations develops for students at all levels. The competencies presented here outline the process by which faculty, librarians and others pinpoint specific indicators that identify a student as information literate.

Learner's Bill of Rights (PDF) The "Learner's Bill of Rights" is endorsed by the Colorado School Library Leaders and grants permission to use in its entirety without any changes made to the document.

Library Advocate's Guide to Building Information Literate Communities (American Library Association) A .pdf copy of the American Library Association's Library Advocacy Now!Action Pack published in 2001.

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