Information Literacy Skills

A. Library Awareness Skills

A1 Concept of a Library 

        Understands the function of the library and how the librarian serves the school and the community 
  • Understands how a library is organized Understands that library materials are in various formats 
  • Demonstrates Social Responsibility

A2 Demonstrates Social Responsibility 

        Demonstrate Library Citizenship appropriate to grade level (accountable for handling/care and safe return of library materials,             
            appropriate behavior in the library, etc..)


        Intellectual property rights

        Acceptable Use practices

B. Lifelong Reading Skills

B1 Reading for Comprehension and Enjoyment

        Develops personal interests and forms lifetime recreational and informational reading habits

        Demonstrates reading, listening, viewing and discussion skills 

        Understands cultural diversity in literature 

        Understands the variety of literary forms and fiction genre including:
  •     Poetry, fairy tales, drama, biography, autobiography, mythology
  •     Novels, short stories, non-fiction, adventure, fantasy, and science fiction
        Understands the components of fiction including:
    • Character, setting, plot, style, theme, and point of view
        Understands components of non-fiction (table of contents, index, glossary, etc…)

        Understands the value of and guidance provided by literary awards and reviews including:
  •     Caldecott Awards for illustrators
  •     Coretta Scott King Award for multicultural literature 
  •     Other award winning novels including Michael Printz Award, Newbery Awards for authors,
  •     National Book Award for Authors, and Pulitzer Prize for literary genres National Book Award for Authors, 
  •     and Pulitzer Prize for literary genres 
  •     Book reviews, reading guides ( print and online)
        Understands and appreciates the artistic components of a work

        Demonstrates awareness of exemplary authors

        Compares and contrasts the print and non-print versions of a piece of literature (audio, video, DVD,ebooks, etc)

C. Information Problem Solving 

C1 Task Definition

1.1 Define the problem 
  • Understands the need for information 
  • Understands that information is the basis for intelligent decision making 
  • Selects a topic 
1.2 Identify the information needed 
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the assignment: due date, length, format 
  • Is able to explain what information is needed 
  • Formulates questions based on information needs
  • Judges the quantity of information needed

C2 Information Seeking Strategies

2.1 Brainstorm all possible sources
  • Identifies a variety of potential sources of information 
  • Identifies the available sources 
2.2 Select the best source 

Understands the hierarchy of sources (general to specific) 
Knows when to use primary and secondary sources
Knows when to use - Types of Print Materials: 
            Fiction versus non fiction
Reference Materials including: Atlases, Almanacs, Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Thesauri
Uses criteria to choose sources
Reliability (Relevance, comprehensiveness)
Knows when to use - Types of Electronic Resources
Electronic and Online Catalog Systems 
Full text databases
Interlibrary Loan
Knows when to use - Types of Community Resources
Public library 
Academic libraries
Human resources
Museums/Historic sites
Other (Community & public agencies, etc) 

C3 Location & Access
3.1 Locate Sources 
Understands Arrangement of library materials
Understands Classification systems (ie...Dewey)
Locates a variety of sources of information 

3.2 Find information within sources 
Uses key words & topic headings
Locates & is able to use - parts of a book: Cover / Book Jackets , Spine / Spine Label / Barcode, Title Page,
Copyright, Table of Contents, Introduction / Preface / Forward, Guidewords / Key Words / Subject Headings , 
Appendices, Glossary, Bibliography / Works Cited, Index
Locates & is able to use - types of print materials
Books: Fiction/Nonfiction, Magazines, Newspapers, Reference Materials: Atlases, Almanacs, Dictionary, Encyclopedias, Thesauri, Phone book
Locates & is able to use - electronic card catalog systems
Locates & is able to use - Types of electronic resources
Full text data bases, Interlibrary Loan, Power Library
Locates and is able to use Community Resources
Public libraries, Academic libraries, Museums/historic sites, Humans resources, 
Other (Community & public agencies, etc.)

C4 Information Use
4.1 Reads Purposely
Skims , Scans

4.2 Extract relevant information - data collection 
Underlines keywords and context clues 
Follows links and layers in electronic sources
Reads & interprets information 
Gathers information from a variety of sources: Takes notes, Uses graphic organizers

4.2 Extract relevant information - data collection 
Gathers information from a variety of sources: Outlines, paraphrases with an understanding of authorship, 

4.3 Practices ethical behavior in regard to information & info technology
Understands intellectual property rights 
Cites sources using developmentally appropriate formats

C5 Synthesis
5.1 Organize and group from multiple sources 
Creates & refines a thesis statement 
Uses graphic organizers and outlines

5.2 Present Information 
Chooses appropriate format
Knows legal principles and applies ethical conduct (copyright): 
    Adheres to copyright regulations and avoids plagiarism
    Appropriately cites resources using prescribed formats

C6 Evaluation
            6.1 Examine the product 
                        Understands the criteria of evaluation (rubrics, checklists, etc.)
                        Assesses product in terms of content and format

            6.2 Examine the process
                        Reflects on information seeking process 
Explains which sources were useful and why
Knows when additional sources are needed