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LibMedia Skills

Library media specialists perform 2 roles in schools:

  1. Curriculum support services.

  2. Information and technology literacy skills.

In order to meet these challenges, library media specialists must develop:

bulletMethods of inquiry.
bulletA variety of methods and competencies using technologies to carry out effective instruction and evaluating student learning in a diverse group of learners.
bulletCollaborative skills to work with educators and the wider school community.

The American Library Association (ALA) identifies the objective of today's library media program is to "ensure that students and staff are effective users of ideas and information (Information Power, 1999).  

Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction defines information literacy as "the ability of an individual, working independently or with others, to use tools, resources, processes, and systems responsibly to access and evaluate information in any medium and to use that information to solve problems, communicate clearly and make informed decisions, and construct new knowledge, products, or systems (Wisconsin's Model Academic Standards for Information and Technology Literacy, 1998).

According to enGauge, the keys to literacy in a digital age includes:

bulletBasic literacy
bulletScientific literacy
bulletEconomic literacy
bulletTechnology literacy
bulletVisual literacy
bulletInformation literacy
bulletMulticultural literacy
bulletGlobal awarenes

This skills are used in a variety of problem solving tasks that are encountered in school, personal lives, or the world-of-work.  Today's library media specialists need to take an active role in promoting information literacy in schools and work with students, faculty, and other stakeholders in using available resources to achieve the education goals of schools and students. 

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