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Information Literacy Skills are Critical in our Complex World
Posted 04/09/2014 03:03PM




Students and faculty at Shekou International School live in a complex world of change and discovery where information literacy skills are essential. Each day, students are guided in various areas of study. One of the many critical areas of learning and study found within each curriculum area is information literacy.

Information literacy includes many areas of learning and happens across the curriculum at all developmental levels. Students throughout our school are taught a variety of skills to help them read, interpret, access, discover, choose, evaluate, analyze, synthesize, comprehend, question and use information found in a variety of print and digital resources. It is our role as educators to help our students be able to be effective in their use of these resources - to not only have success as students, but as individuals living and contributing in a modern society.

At SIS Elementary, the resources in our library help to support students in their information literacy development. Aside from our excellent collection of fiction materials, SIS has over 3500 non-fiction titles as well educational magazines. In addition to library print materials, our school subscribes to reputable, relevant, current and well-produced resources including: Encyclopedia Britannica (which is available in reading levels Elementary, Middle and High School students) and Brain Pop/Brain Pop Junior. Next school year, we will also have a subscription to Safari Montage which hosts diverse, educational video content. The Elementary Library website also has a variety of links to informational resources found on the world wide web in order to support our learners in their quest for finding relevant, true, reputable, and current information written and reviewed by experts. It is essential in a world of anytime, anywhere digital content written by anyone that our learners are equipped with strong critical thinking and informational literacy skills. Our students must learn how and where to find valid information and be able  to construct understanding in an effective manner.

It has been inspiring for me to collaborate, cooperate, guide and learn along with teachers and students through the lens of information literacy across all areas of the curriculum. SIS students are interested in learning about the world and they use non-fiction resources to research, create and problem solve. Whether looking for animal facts, creating space podcasts, researching famous “movers and shakers”, or finding information for their own informational books, our students are not just becoming prepared for their life in university or for jobs in the future but they are also learning the skills they need right now. They are learning how to discover, question, create and contribute in our shared and complex world.

Please visit our Website  to learn more about the resources available to the SIS community. Links can also be found on our SIS Parent Portal. Look for the following two headings: Resources and Databases.

Gaylene Livingston, Elementary Librarian

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