The ability to access and evaluate information is an essential life skill developed through various combinations of necessity, experience, and training.
The core learning outcomes that are most directly related to the services provided by school library media programs are found in the first three standards and the thirteen indicators in the “information literacy” category. According to the first three standards, a student who is information literate accesses information efficiently and effectively, evaluates information critically and competently, and uses information accurately and creatively.
Indicators represent the key functions that information literacy instruction should require of students.
Information Literacy Instruction<br />Developing Information Literacy Skills<br />Access and Evaluation<br />Mahal Watkins <br />
Information Literacy<br />Standard 1: The student who is information literate accesses information efficiently and effectively.<br />Standard 2: The student who is information literate evaluates information critically and competently.<br />Standard 3: The student who is information literate uses information accurately and creatively.<br />
Standard 1 Indicators<br />Recognize the need or information. <br />Recognize that accurate and comprehensive information is the basis for intelligent decision-making. <br />Formulates questions based on information needs.<br />Identify a variety of potential sources of information. <br />Develop and uses successful strategies for locating information. <br />
Standard 2 Indicators<br />Determine the accuracy, relevance, and comprehensiveness. <br />Distinguish among fact, point of view, and opinion. <br />Identify inaccurate and misleading information. <br />Select information appropriate to the problem or question at hand. <br />
Standard 3 Indicators<br />Organize information for practical application.<br />Integrate new information into one’s own knowledge. <br />Apply information in critical thinking and problem solving. <br />Produce and communicate information and ideas in appropriate formats. <br />