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Standards for the 21st Century Learner

A note from your librarian: Knowing how to learn for a lifetime is the first characteristic of an information literate person. Mastering a set of information and communication technology skills while in high school will go a long way in helping ensure success in your freshman year of college and beyond. Each of the information literacy standards below has a subset of skills you should master before graduating. As often as possible, instruction in these skills will be integrated into your content-area subjects, but you will want to take the initiative to ensure that you can perform each with ease. Your librarian will be happy to help you with any of these skills.

Common Beliefs

Standard One: Learners use skills, resources, and tools to inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

Standard Two: Learners use skills, resources, and tools to draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.
Standard Three: Learners use skills, resources, and tools to share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.
Standard Four: Learners use skills, resources, and tools to pursue personal and aesthetic growth.

Explanations: Skills, Dispositions in Action, Responsibilities, Self-Assessment Strategies

Excerpted from Standards for the 21st-Century Learner by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association, copyright © 2007 American Library Association. Available for download at Used with permission.

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