Exploration of Information Literacy Standards An Action plan to move our students in to 21st century learning


As more and more technology becomes available to our students, we must ensure that our students are able to keep up with the changes surrounding them. Not only do we want our students to be on par with their fellow classmates in their local school or district, we want them to be in sync with their fellow students in other states, as well as students around the rest of the world.

We must be teaching our students not only how to use technology, but how to use technology responsibly by becoming good digital citizens, as well as professionals behind, and in front of, our computer screens. We must teach not only our students, but our teachers as well, that technology in the classroom does not have to be a one-to-one experience, but rather can be used to enhance collaboration among peers and also with teachers.

We must make sure that our students know that literacy does not just apply to books, but that it applies to other forms of media as well.

AASL's Standards for the 21st Century Learner state that learners will:

Inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.

Draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.

Share knowledge and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.

Pursue personal and aesthetic growth.


In this action plan, we will look at each standard, pair it with ISTE Standards and Georgia Performance Standards. We will then present an instructional activity to show how these standards can be incorporated into lessons so that teachers can continue the transition of our students into 21st Century Learners.



Be sure to align the vision you have for your school library media center to that of your principal's vision of literacy in the school. Don't forget to make sure both are aligned to the vision of your school district. As Achterman states, "The thoughtful creation of a literacy vision helps set priorities and informs the day-to-day decisions of the school librarian" (2010, 68). If your vision does not align to that of your school or district, it may be time to revisit your goals with all stakeholders to determine how to become aligned.

In order for stakeholders to see the value in reading, make sure they see how YOU value reading. Besides booktalks or sponsoring reading clubs, promote what you are doing through a blog or newsletter for your media center. Make sure to also promote and support various events related to reading. "Such activities provide opportunities for all members of the school community to experience how richly rewarding reading and writing can be" (Achterman, 2010).


In conclusion, as visionaries and advocates of our school library media programs, we must remember that it is our job to learn, share, collaborate, instruct, direct, and continue to build our program using technology as an enhancement to our methods.


Achterman, D. (2010). Literacy leadership and the school library. In The many faces of school library leadership (pp. 68-84). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited.

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