Information Literacy in Schools
Information Literacy in Schools
“Too many digital natives do not apply checks on the information they access: around one in four 12-15 year olds make no checks at all when visiting a new website, and less than one in ten ask who made the site and why” (Bartlett & Miller, 2011, p.5)
Information Literacy empowers school students to navigate the changing information landscape.
Curriculum development in Wales emphasises independent and lifelong learning and developing cross-curricular skills for future education and employment. We believe information literacy is the foundation for independent lifelong learning and will support students throughout school, into further and higher education and the workplace.
This section of the website is dedicated to the advocacy of information literacy in schools. We hope that you will find the resources and research gathered here useful.
Information Literacy: Key Benefits for Schools
- Supports independent learning
- Delivers areas of the Skills Framework for 3 to 19-year-olds
- Supports transition between key stages and sectors
- Reinforces literacy skills
- Empowers students to become digitally included
- Is essential for E-safety
- Enables students to avoid plagiarism
- Promotes the development of citizenship skills
For further information on these key benefits for schools, please see the Schools Advocacy Resources listed below.
We believe that collaboration between teachers and librarians (in school libraries, school library services and public libraries) can effectively embed information literacy within the school curriculum. For examples of information literacy practice, see Schools Case Studies
“Effective collaboration is needed to ensure that both teachers and professional librarians are aiming towards the same shared vision to equip students with the skills to use information to make decisions and solve problems in school and in all other avenues of life”. (Williams, Wavell, 2006, p.55)
School Advocacy Resources
These resources can be used to promote information literacy to school librarians, school library workers, teachers and students on initial teacher training.
The following presentation and infographic outlines the benefits of information literacy within schools.
The following leaflet outlines the benefits of information literacy within schools.
If you would like printed copies of the leaflet, please contact us.
The following presentation is specifically aimed at promoting information literacy to students on initial teacher training.
Department for Education and Skills (2012) Review of Qualification for 14-19 year olds in Wales. Cardiff: Welsh Government and our blog post reflecting on implications for the project.
Digital Classroom Task & Finsih Group (2012) Find it Make it Use it Share it – Learning in Digital Wales. Cardiff: Welsh Government
Andrews, Leyton (2012) Learning in a Digital Wales – Written Statement. Cardiff: Welsh Government.
Bartlett, J & Miller, C (2011). Truth, lies and the internet a report into young people’s digital fluency . London: Demos Streatfield, D et al. (2011).
Information Literacy in United Kingdom Schools. Journal of Information Literacy. 5(2), pg5-25.
Barrett, L (2010). Effective School Libraries: Evidence of Impact on Student Achievement. The School Librarian. 58 (3)
Streatfield, D et al. (2010). School libraries in the UK: a worthwhile past, a difficult present – and a transformed future? London: School Libraries Group of CILIP
Streatfield, D et al. (2011). Information literacy in United Kingdom schools: evolution, current state and prospects. Journal of Information Literacy, 5 (2), pp.5-25
Williams, D & Wavell,C (2006). Information Literacy in the Classroom: Teachers’ Conceptions Research Report 15: Department of Information Management, Aberdeen Business School, The Robert Gordon University
Information Literacy Website – School Research Projects
Journal of Information Literacy – International, peer reviewed journal
School Library Association – Information Literacy Page
School Libraries Group (CILIP)
UK Safer Internet Centre – Schools Pack