CASL Workshop 2003: Information Literacy & Technology
Knowledge is power.
We get IT done!
The first one is free.
InfoLit Worriers ….. InfoLit Warriors
3 disconnects in understanding the roles of librarians and information literacy
(according to Stevan Kalmon)
People tend to see information literacy as an add-on to the curriculum, just one more
thing to do. But information literacy is at the core of all subject areas.
People tend to think that information literacy is primarily about finding information and
evaluating sources. But information literacy is primarily about figuring out what
information is needed and how to use the information.
People tend to consider librarians as gatekeepers of information resources—and often
as a luxury (to be cut in lean budget times). But librarians are teachers whose
curriculum drives all learning.
3 radical ideas about librarians and information literacy
(from Stevan Kalmon)
Librarians are teachers; they should spend the bulk of their time teaching.
Librarians must be educational leaders.
Schools will change. The question is, who will change them?
Checklist of Leadership Strategies to Implement
Join school SIP committee—and be the committee’s worrier (warrior) for information
Know what the school and/or district ILT plan says.
Lead grassroots work on implementation of the ILT plan. (If I know the plan, I can
integrate it into my collaboration with teachers.)
Conduct outreach through multiple channels (presentations inside and outside school,
attending conferences and tech or curriculum workshops, meeting with various
Do what you believe in; show no fear.
Meet with the principal on a regular basis about collaboration & leadership activities,
blocking out more time than necessary to be available and to plan.
Present a suggested solution along with any needs.
Share or teach something at every faculty or grade level meeting (e.g., run PowerPoint
presentation as teachers are filing in; show new resources; teach a single skill).
Photograph activities and post for all to see.
Order materials, and then promote them, based on curricula.
Help teachers view content standards through the lens of ILT to make their work easier
(e.g., provide grade level lists of standards-based activities; provide a list of InfoLit
standards combined with content standards).
Work collaboratively with teachers to develop lesson…finding info, learning together.
Provide classes at district level and provide incentives (e.g., credit).
Provide learning through the teachable moment, not a workshop. The keys to learning are
context, continuity, and collegiality.
Create a product in all staff development activities.
Connection to Other Initiatives
Involve administrators in a conference such as TIE or CAL; have them present!
Adopt and model the school’s curriculum tools or district’s initiatives (6 Traits, MCREL’s 9
instructional strategies, Big 6, etc.) as school-wide research model (use same vocabulary
& tools) and use across content areas.
Collaborate with special area teachers and then go to grade levels together.
Connect with accountability team/committee & turn accountability into a positive initiative.
Promote research…successful schools are successful because they are implementing
these types of ideas!
Implement information-based instruction.
Work with curriculum mapping: involvement here is an opportunity to participate in
leadership and to put information literacy integration into practice.
Incorporate curriculum planning into professional development.