Information Literacy

SCHOOL BEAT — February 3, 2011

February 3, 2011 // 0 Comments

Information Literacy: Building the Bridge of Knowledge  by CINDY KITZROW Principal, Cannonsburg Elementary School Director of Library & Media Services  Information literacy rose to national consciousness in the U.S. with President Barack Obama. His proclamation stated, “Rather than merely possessing data, we must also learn the skills necessary to acquire, collate and evaluate information for any situation… Though we may know how to find the information we need, we must also know how to evaluate it. Over the past decade, we have seen a crisis of authenticity emerge. We now live in a world where anyone can publish an opinion or perspective, whether true or not, and have that opinion amplified within the information marketplace. At the same time, Americans have unprecedented access to the diverse and independent sources of information, as well as institutions such as libraries, that can help separate truth from fiction and signal from noise. The role of the school library/media center has changed drastically in the last decade. It is no longer just a place to go and check out books or to look up information for research in the encyclopedia. We have become the “Information Literacy Partner” in our schools. We build the “bridge of knowledge” by providing the right resources needed for teachers and students to achieve their goals. Reading has always been the heart of education. The knowledge of almost every subject flows from reading: •            One must be able to read the word problem in math in order to understand it. •            If you cannot read the science or social studies chapter, you cannot answer the content questions. •            One can arguably state, “Reading is the single most important social factor in American life today.” School library media specialists not only promote the love of reading, they also support the entire school program by applying their “knowledge about resources, teachers and student needs, the processes in instruction and technology.” The library promotes, supports and strengthens the entire school curriculum. Our goals are to develop lifelong learners by teaching the love of reading and information literacy. Helping students become information literate involves teaching students how to learn: to recognize how knowledge is organized how to find information, how to use the information to answer any question or […]