Information Literacy skills

Information literacy is the ability to locate pertinent information, evaluate its reliability, analyse and synthesise the information to construct personal meaning and apply it to informed decision making (Peter Berger, Internet for Active Learners, ALA).In this information age the ability to handle information is vital. Pupil need systematic guidance and experience in the selection and use of books and other information sources. They should know how to seek and evaluate the information, and how to organize and present it according to the curriculum needs.

Class libraries can conduct activities with the help of main library to develop information literacy skills. The main information literacy skills for primary children are: -knowing „information‟ -knowledge about information resources -knowledge about library rules -parts of a book -care of a book -how to use dictionaries, thesaurus and encyclopaedias -how to prepare indexes and bibliographies -how to take notes and refer -how to use periodicals and newspapers -library classification -how to search the library OPAC -how to search and evaluate the internet/online resources