Info Literacy

How to Meet Our Information Literacy Objective

Objective: To create a confident learner who understands how to: develop and apply search strategies, locate and evaluate information resources, and utilize library resources.

Pathways to Objective
1. Peer education
2. Student education
a. Library Leader program in place, incentives for completion set up through Library Foundation
3. Marketing our skill set
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4. Measuring student success (confident learner, library user)

Creating Pathways to Objective
1. Peer education
a. Presentations at adult, YA and Children's order meetings on information literacy
b. Setting branch goals of databases referrals (to market services to public, creating learning opportunities)
c. Creating documents/explanations/presentations for staff to refer to
d. If need be, for each region, create mini task force (maybe 2 librarians) to go to branches and do know-how sessions with librarians to show in person the skills the library will be pushing

2. Student education
a. Select schools to work with (charter, LAUSD, diocese, private) for pilot of program
1. Once pilot program been established and completed, may be easier to eventually get an official person to work with at LAUSD for future work on larger scale. Show them what can be done.
2. Enroll a few classes (or all of particular grades?) from selected schools in Library Leader (or whatever we call it) program, provide information on incentives for participating and completing program
b. Work with schools in providing training for teachers and students. Focus on students
1. Students will be "tested" on information literacy/library knowledge prior to instruction
2. Students will be "tested" after information literacy/library knowledge instruction to measure success
c. Student training will include
1. Presentation (covering basics on information literacy)
2. Online access to resources (evaluation checklist, what was covered in presentation, video instruction)
3. Games that encourage use of databases and search engines
4. Encourage participation through student demonstration of skills acquired via video or something that requires their participation (for example, having students creating a skit where they relate what happens if you believed everything you read on the Internet, or something like that..
5. Library visits

3. Marketing our skill set
a. media notification of pilot programs, importance of information literacy (we can work on p.r. background information)
b. open houses at library branches near pilot program schools to get parent involvement
c. open houses at literacy nights at pilot program schools

4. Measuring student success

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