Essay on Information Literacy and the Public Library

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The American Association for School Libraries defines information literacy as the ability to use many types of reference resources and literacies to find information. The different types of reference resources and literacies include: digital, visual, textual, and technological literacies. The American Association for School Libraries has four main learning standards. The first covers inquiry, thinking critically, and gaining knowledge. The second standard includes drawing conclusions, making informal decisions, applying knowledge to new situations, and creating new knowledge. The third standard asks students to be able to share knowledge and participate ethically. It also requires them to be productive as members of our democratic society.…show more content…
“There is evidence of a wide range of information literacy focused programs in public libraries worldwide” (Harding, p. 157). Indeed, libraries across the United States are finding ways to provide their communities with the necessary information literacy programs. Harding (2008) points out that these library programs are “providing information literacy support”, and “they have the opportunity to foster the lifelong learning of their communities” (p. 157). The public library has great strengths when it comes to providing information literacy programming. Public libraries have been considered the place to go for continuing education for an extremely long time. Public libraries reach a large range of people on a daily basis. Harding (2008) points out that the library “has a wide diversity of clientele and the potential to reach all sections of the community from children to older adults, and across minority groups and educational and professional levels.” (p. 159) For many children, a public library is their first experience with learning in a group environment. Oftentimes, community members are loyal to one library and this allows librarians to foster long lasting relationships with them. Harding (2008) also suggests that “public libraries have the opportunity to provide one on one instruction during client-librarian interactions such as reference interviews” (p. 160).This one on one instruction is another way
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