Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Oregon Information Literacy Guidelines

Oregon Information Literacy Guidelines. This is a draft from 2000 by the Oregon Educational Media Association to establish guidelines for information literacy. This is a tough task and it looks like they did a good job.

From the site:

In order to continue the journey of learning into adulthood, a literate person must possess certain essential skills relating to managing information, understanding mass media, and appreciating literature. Today’s student routinely encounters information in formats as simple as the picture book, as complex as the multimedia package or Internet site, as diverse as the literary classic and the personal home page, and as unknown as the future.

The learning process and the information search process mirror each other. Core elements in both learning and information theory converge to suggest that developing expertise in accessing, evaluating, and using information is the authentic learning that modern education seeks to promote. Students endeavor to construct meaning from the sources they encounter and to create products that shape and communicate that meaning effectively.

The goal of a student-centered library media program is to assist all students in becoming active and creative locators, evaluators, and users of information to solve problems and to satisfy their own curiosity. With these abilities, students can become independent learners who achieve personal satisfaction and who contribute responsibly and productively to society.

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