What are "Information Literary Standards?"
"Literary Standards" were developed by the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) to articulate the research and learning skills that all students should acquire. The word "Information" was added to the standard's title in recognition that literacy is no longer just about books but is now about being fully integrated into the digital information technology of the 21st century. Technology skills are now a vital part of its standards.
What are some key features of the Standards?
The nine Common Beliefs in the Standards are:
- 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.
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