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    Mrs. Strickland vstrickland@groton.k12.ct.us

    Hello!  I am the Library Media Specialist at Cutler Middle School. This year, I will be collaborating with Team A through F teachers to teach Information Literacy and Research Skills.  Below is an overview of the topics students will learn about while working with me and their Team teachers in the Library Media Center.

    Information Literacy

    Definition

    Information literacy is the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use information in its various formats to communicate clearly, make informed decisions, and construct new knowledge.

    Background

    Information is everywhere. It comes to us in many ways, from many resources, for diverse purposes, and in increasingly different formats. It provides us with unprecedented opportunities but threatens to overwhelm us as well. Since we are dependent on this information to make decisions which guide our actions, managing information or becoming information literate is one of education’s most critical challenges.

    Information literacy skills are the necessary tools that will enable our students, now and in the future, to locate and use what is needed and to filter out and disregard the rest.

    To become creative, critical, and constructive users of information, students must be able to manage and productively use enormous quantities of information. Specifically, they must:

    • question and challenge words and ideas
    • understand how information is organized
    • interpret a variety of formats including printed words, illustrations, photographs, charts, graphs, tables, menus, and databases
    • learn to look critically at information and be able to detect accuracy, relevancy, appropriateness, bias, and comprehensiveness
    • evaluate the process and product of their information search
    • exhibit ethical behavior when using information

    A systematic framework is required to master information literacy. We must teach students, not just a discrete set of skills, but a process—a way of learning. This process must begin in the early grades and increase sequentially so that mastery is achieved before students leave the educational system. Mastery is dependent on two essential conditions:

    • students must have frequent and repeated opportunities to interact with information in its various formats
    • these opportunities must occur within the context of learning activities that are meaningful and tied to the curriculum

    Above information from http://www.broward.k12.fl.us/learnresource/html/info_literacy/info_lit_intro.html

    Use of TRAILS (Tools for Real-Time Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) to address Research Skills

    Topics Addressed by this assessment:
    Develop a Topic
    Identify Potential Sources
    Develop, Use and Revise Search Strategies
    Evaluate Sources and Information
    Recognize How to Use Information Responsibly, Ethically, and Legally