Saturday, September 20, 2008

21st Century Library Skills

21st Century Library Skills
These are the new, basic ALA standards created in Wordle — by pgoerner Images of Wordles are licensed Creative Commons License.

ALA site - explanation of the new standards

Common Beliefs

The learning standards begin by defining nine foundational common beliefs:

  • Reading is a window to the world.
  • Inquiry provides a framework for learning.
  • Ethical behavior in the use of information must be taught.
  • Technology skills are crucial for future employment needs.
  • Equitable access is a key component for education.
  • The definition of information literacy has become more complex as resources and technologies have changed.
  • The continuing expansion of information demands that all individuals acquire the thinking skills that will enable them to learn on their own.
  • Learning has a social context.
  • School libraries are essential to the development of learning skills.

The Standards

The Standards describe how learners use skills, resources, and tools to

  1. inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge;
  2. draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge;
  3. share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society;
  4. pursue personal and aesthetic growth.

School Library Monthly - article skills March, 2008

Information Wants to be Free - blog on library skills


Lone Star Ma said...

Where's the "We will hunt down censors and force feed them Judy Blume books" value? That's my favorite.

Andromeda Jazmon said...

LOL lone star ma you're cracking me up. Sometimes it's those unspoken library rules that we love the most.

Julie said...

Sunday Garden!!

p.s. Would love to publish your thoughts over at the book club. Any thoughts on the books?

Suzanne said...

I love wordle!

Anonymous said...

That technology one is tricky for school teachers to teach! I am always looking for ways to get get kids to do their reading on the computer.