As a new teacher-librarian, I would like to strengthen my understanding of information literacy and all is subsequent parts. Below is a list of resources that I have found useful.
Some of the keywords I used included:
- Information literacy
- Media literacy
- Digital literacy
- 21st-century literacy
- School library
Before searching for relevant information on the topic, I first need to be able to better define the term information literacy. The Austrialian School Library Association has a very clear definition of this term, which I found helpful:
“The ability to locate, manage and use information to create information products using a variety of inquiry methods is an essential component of any information Literacy program.”
After some additional research, I found that the term information literacy is the overarching word used to describe important skills such as media and digital literacy. MediaSmarts has some useful content that helps to define information literacy and also produces teaching materials for educators seeking to deepen their students’ understanding of media and digital literacy.
A brief YouTube search for ‘information literacy’ returned an extensive playlist from US media awareness organization, Common Sense Media. There are lots of useful short videos that can be used as hooks to lessons on topics such as media and digital literacy.
The Virtual Learning Commons offers a broader definition of information literacy by breaking the term up into categories such as visual literacy, library instruction, cultural literacy, and computer literacy. It acts as a repository for all things information literacy related.
Lastly, a UBC library search covering the last 5 years returned two interesting hits. The first was an article written about how different schools around the world utilize their libraries to improve literacy, and the second was a book written by Denise E. Agosto titled, Information Literacy and Libraries in the Age of Fake News. In Agosto’s book, she covers topics ranging from fake news and information literacy in society to combating cultural misinformation on the internet.