By: Dr. Cheryl McCarthy, GSLIS
School librarians teach all students four information literacy standards integrated with CCSS as identified in Standards for The 21st Century Learner In Action to ensure that all students are able 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; and 4.) Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.
- School librarians teach reading, inquiry based research, and problem-solving skills by providing a range of resources so all students can succeed with their assignments and high stakes tests including the PARCC assessments.
- School librarians provide reading incentives and motivations to enable all students to find success reading at his/her reading or Lexile level.
- School librarians teach students how to be information and media literate.
- School librarians teach students visual literacy.
- School librarians teach students digital literacy and technology skills.
- School librarians teach the teachers how to use technology and how to incorporate CCSS and a wide variety of informational texts into assignments so students can succeed.
- School librarians integrate information literacy standards into the curriculum and collaborate with teachers by combining the research/inquiry process and critical thinking into research or reading assignments in all core subjects.
- School librarians ensure that all students have access to the statewide databases and other electronic resources for their research assignments or personal growth via AskRI.org.
- School librarians and school libraries contribute to improved student achievement as seen in research across the United States when the school libraries are fully staffed and the resources are aligned to the curriculum and where there is collaboration among staff. http://www.scholastic.com/content/collateral_resources/pdf/s/slw3_2008.pdf