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Information Literacy Defined:
The American Library Association (1989) defines information literacy
as an individual's skill to "recognize
when information is needed and have the ability to locate,
evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."
American Library Association (1989). Presidential Committee on Information
Literacy. Final Report. Chicago: American Library Association, 1989.
Retrieved June 22, 2005 from http://www.ala.org/ala/acrl/acrlpubs/whitepapers/progressreport.htm.
Information Literacy is Important:
The Association of College and Research Libraries (2005) emphasizes
that "the uncertain
quality and expanding quantity of information pose large
challenges for society. The sheer abundance of information
will not in itself create a more informed citizenry without a complementary
cluster of abilities necessary
Information Literacy Program
Any information literate individual is able to:
Where Information Literacy is
"Students learn research skills more readily when the skills are integrated
into the curriculum, and ....viewed
by students as relevant
needs" (Alberta Education, 1990, p. 9). To that end:
- Elements of information literacy are
found in many, if not all, of the undergraduate
- The Curriculum
Laboratory staff often
work with individual students in helping them become
- The following types of formal information literacy
sessions are taught by Curriculum Laboratory
staff. Our formal sessions are taught "at
of need," and related
to specific class assignments. These formal sessions
help students get answers to the following questions:
- PSI Semester orientation:
- What exactly is the Curriculum Laboratory, and what
resources does it give me access to, in helping
me with my assignments?
- How do I find education information in
and in the on-line and in-print education journals?
- As an Education student, what educational digital resource subscriptions do I have access to, which will help me with my assignments and school placements?
- What research process can I use
to find most of the practical teaching information
I will need
during my time in
- How do I find information on many of the educational
issues I will be introduced to?
- Curriculum and Instruction
- What are the different kinds of curriculum publications?
- How do I find them, both in paper and electronic
- Given the fact of limited resources:
- How best should I plan to access the resources?
- How can I find lesson plans for my teaching assignments, both in-print and on-line?
- Literature Fair:
- How can I use, and enjoy children's
and young adult literature in creative
- Language in Education module orientation:
- How do I find good quality children's and young adult
- How do I find book reviews and/or information
on authors, both
in-print and on-line?
- What are the main literary genres,
and how do I find recommended
lists of titles for each genre?
- What resources are mandated for the language arts program?
- Post-PSI orientation sessions:
- How do I find information related to specific school
- Curriculum Laboratory staff teach lessons on finding information specific
to many of the courses and assignments after the PSI semester. Many of these
used in these sessions can be found at: http://www.uleth.ca/edu/currlab/handouts.cfm#school.
Search Strategy For Finding Teaching Materials
Research has clearly shown the importance of teaching information
literacy skills to the grade K-12 students in our schools. As such, information
literacy skills are a component of all Alberta curriculum, at all grades (Alberta
Learning, 2004, p. ix). At the grade Kindergarten to grade 12 level, information
literacy skills are called "research skills" or "inquiry-based
learning." The following
curriculum documents support these skills:
Alberta Education (1985). Focus on learning: an integrated program model
for Alberta school libraries. Edmonton: Alberta Education.
Alberta Education (1990). Focus on research. Alberta Education.
Alberta Learning (2004). Focus on inquiry: a teacher's guide to implementing
inquiry-based learning. 375 LibMed Alta (This document is an update of Alberta Education's 1990 document, "Focus on research.")
Prepared July 2005 by Bill Glaister. Updated July 2009.