Montana Content Standards for Library Media/Information Literacy

Information literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed and then locate, evaluate, and effectively use the information. (Adapted from Association College and Research Libraries “Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education”)

All Montana students require equitable access to a variety of resources, encompassing the breadth of human conversations and creations for academic achievement and personal growth. By learning to access and evaluate information they gain an appreciation and respect for diverse ideas and creative expressions. By using information literacy skills in all aspects of learning, students become empowered and engaged lifelong learners. To thrive in the 21st Century, students must employ a process of inquiry that can be adapted to any information need. By learning strategies to manage and ethically use information, Montana students open the door to the world in all its diversity.  Teacher librarians, in collaboration with other classroom and content area teachers, empower all students to become information literate.

Adopted 2008

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  1. The current Library Literacy standards are fine. They are very common sense. For revision though, I would suggest looking to the AASL Standards Framework for Learners. These standards focus on the learning experiences of the students, instead of a simplified quantifiable outcome. This change in focus from a task to the experiences and opportunities for the students allows teachers to address the learner as an individual instead of a predicted outcome that ignores the needs, abilities, and interests of the individual learner.
  2. No Rating Defining the information problem solving skills ALL students need for success.