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Education Subject Guide (archived): Information literacy

Resources for research in the field of education


What is information literacy?

"Students who are information literate are able to locate, interpret, organize and share information in a meaningful way"

(ALA 2006)

AASL Standards

American Association of School Librarians
Standards for the 21st-Century Learner


"Common Beliefs:

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."



"Learners use skills, resources & tools to:

Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.

Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.

Pursue personal and aesthetic growth."

Working with your school librarian

From Implementing the Common Core State Standards: The Role of the School Librarian

"The Ten Recommended Initiatives:

1. Building reading, writing, speaking and listening skills together across the curriculum.
2. Building appreciation of the best literature and informational materials together across the curriculum as a part of a literate culture.
3. Creating a school-wide participatory culture.
4. Building co-taught research projects in blended learning experiences.
5. Promoting interdisciplinary real-world problems, projects and learning experiences that take advantage of rich information resources and useful technology tools.
6. Using technology to boost teaching and learning together.
7. Creating cultural experience across the school, community, and across the world.
8. Fostering creativity, innovation, play, building, and experimentation.
9. Assessing the results of collaborative learning experiences.
10. Managing the integration of classroom, school library learning commons, and technology tools."

Information literacy in the disciplines

Information literacy in the disciplines

How to help students gain competency with the literature of each discipline, how to learn like an expert in each discipline


Common Sense Media

Lessons and other resources for teachers on digital and media literacy, digital citizenship and more


Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers (PDF) from Unesco (2011)

Information Literacy Standards for Teacher Education (PDF) from the American Library Association Education & Behavioral Sciences Section


'I Wish Someone Had Taught Me': Information Literacy in a Teacher Education Program (link goes to full-text in database, log-in required for off-campus access)
Asselin, M. M., & Lee, E. A. (2002). 'I Wish Someone Had Taught Me': Information Literacy in a Teacher Education Program. Teacher Librarian, 30(2), 10. 

Information Literacy and Teacher Education
Carr, J. A. (1998). Information Literacy and Teacher Education. ERIC Digest.

Initiatives and organizations

National Forum on Information Literacy is a collaborative of 93 + national and international organizations working together "to mainstream this critical, 21st century educational and workforce development concept throughout every segment of society."