Information Literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed and then locate, evaluate, and effectively use the information. (Adapted from Association College and Research Libraries “Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.”)
All Montana students require equitable access to a variety of resources, encompassing the breadth of human conversations and creations for academic achievement and personal growth. By learning to access and evaluate information they gain an appreciation and respect for diverse ideas and creative expressions. By using information literacy skills in all aspects of learning, students become empowered and engaged lifelong learners. To thrive in the 21st Century, students must employ a process of inquiry that can be adapted to any information need. By learning strategies to manage and ethically use information, Montana students open the door to the world in all its diversity.
Teacher librarians, in collaboration with other classroom and content area teachers, empower all students to become information literate. The Library-Information Literacy and Technology (LILT) will assist the state’s school districts in meeting the Montana LILT standards by providing training to Montana educators. If you are interested in scheduling training on LILT or would like more information please contact John Keener, MRESA3 Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 657-1743. There is no fee for this service.