Information Literacy Curriculum

  • Information Literacy Curriculum
    Adopted May 2003.

    Each grade level can be found at the bottom of this page as well as lesson plan templates for each grade.

    Our Information Literacy Curriculum has as its framework Information Power a document created by the American Association of School Librarians.

    MRSD Library Skills Continuum Grades K-6 - revised April 2009

    Resources for Information Literacy

    "Information literacy" is the keystone of lifelong learning.  Creating a foundation for lifelong learning is at the heart of the school library media program".

    Information Literacy has been defined in many different ways as: 

    1.  "the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information to become independent life-long learners"

    2;  "the skills of information problem solving"

    3; "the ability to find, evaluate, use and communicate information in all of its various formats"

    4; and "the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand".

    In 1988, The American Library Association's Association of School Librarians created broad guidelines called:
    Information Power: Building partnerships for learning -  which were updated and re-issued in 1998. 
    A key component of Information Power is the "Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning" which have been incorporated into this document.    This curriculum has been created to provide a broad outline for the elementary grades to integrate information literacy skills into student's learning across the curriculum.  Strands have been taken from four MRSD curriculums: language arts, social studies, science and mathematics.  These strands are ones that can be reinforced within library skills lessons.  In addition, specific library skills have been identified for teaching to students during class visits to the school library media center.
    1. Information Power , ALA, 1998.
    2. Commission on Colleges, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1996.
    3. Wisconsin Educational Media Association 1993.
    4. Work Group on Information Competence, CLRIT, California State University, 1995.
    5. The National Forum on Information Literacy, 2001.

    Members of the Elementary Information Literacy Curriculum Committee:
    Charlotte Lesser, Director of Elementary Library Services,  Chair
    Dr. David Hodgdon, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for SAU #38
    Cindy Ansaldo, Mt. Caesar Elementary School
    Judy Boufford, Troy Elementary School
    Debby Brnger, Emerson Elementary School
    Nancy Frazier, Mt. Caesar Elementary School
    Jane Johnson, Mt. Caesar Elementary School
    Marge Shepardson, Mt. Caesar Elementary School
    Kathy Woodbury, Northern Elementary Schools

    Last updated: 6/20/11

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