Location, Location, Location!
How do the information gurus share what we know about how to find the BEST information to answer your questions? Knowing where and how to locate information is important. Our younger students practice this skill every time they look for a book in the library stacks. They have a question, they learn how to brainstorm where they will find the answer to that question, and then they locate a book and get the information they need from it. Or, they try again! As they get older, our students are taught to use tools like our online catalog Destiny Quest to help with this.
But wait, there’s more! We don’t stop with the students. Every year, we teach our building staff how to locate and use resources that will be just right to support units of study. Sometimes, this is an individual meeting. Other times, we teach whole groups. We happily trained our para-educator colleagues in the first few weeks of school, specifically about how to locate and use the various databases in our library collection.
But what to do about all those pesky usernames and passwords we need to remember? That is one barrier to access that we hope will be lessened this year. We gifted every classroom with a “Library to Go” container that includes that very information. They have been a huge hit so far! The candy might have helped. We have take-out menus available for home use, as well. Just send us a quick message and we’ll get them delivered to you! We used our very own information literacy skills to find out how other libraries are helping their communities with this issue, we evaluated the information we found, and we synthesized it into a product that would work for our own school community. One more thing. Here is a citation, lest you think this great idea was all my own : “The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.” Library Instruction and Tours. University of Tennessee, Knoxville, n.d. Web. 08 Oct. 2014. <http://www.lib.utk.edu/instruct/library-take/>.
Thinking, evaluating, and synthesizing!
How do students practice critical thinking? Knowing how to evaluate what they read, see, and hear is an information literacy skill set that students start learning as soon as we share books with them. Just today one of our 1st grade classes began the Red Clover Program with the book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown. Picture books offer the perfect opportunity to think about what the words and pictures in a story really mean. In addition, students learn to look at the whole package. They learn to look carefully, wonder and talk about what they see and hear, and give evidence of their thinking.This usually results in more questions, which leads to learning how to locate more information. Our wondering today led us to a video of author and illustrator Peter Brown talking about his process. Now that’s a credible source!
Remember, October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month. It’s a great time to practice YOUR Information Literacy skills. Need help? Ask your librarian!