Library Standards

21st Century Information Skills


Learners use 21st century information skills, resources and tools to inquire, think critically, and gain knowledge.


o Use a variety of information literacy (e.g., textual, visual, media, digital) to gather meaning from information presented in any format.
• Demonstrate mastery of technology tools to be both productive and critical thinkers.
• Employ critical thinking and problem solving skills to make sense of information gathered from diverse sources.
• Collaborate with others to broaden and deepen understanding.
• Follow an inquiry-based process in seeking knowledge in core subjects and 21st century content.
o Ask questions based on context.
• Recognize purpose in seeking information.
• Observe and experience to gather information.
• Gain background knowledge and context.
• Identify misconceptions in their own knowledge and gaps in their information.
• Develop and refine questions.
o Investigate.
• Find, evaluate, and select appropriate resources to locate the information they seek.
• Seek diverse sources and multiple points of view, pursuing a global perspective when appropriate.
• Navigate through text to locate relevant information.
*locate and access the information they need (both independently and in collaboration with others) using print and technology tools.
*lclarify main and supporting ideas.
*levaluate information before using (validity, appropriateness to their needs, social and cultural context).
*l evaluate information for accuracy, fact, opinion, point of view and bias and seek a balance in points of view.
*lrecord and organize information to answer their questions.
o Seek appropriate help when needed.


Learners use 21st century information skills, resources and tools to draw conclusions, make informed decisions, apply knowledge to new situations, and create new knowledge.


o Use technology and information tools to think critically and work productively and creatively.
o Collaborate with others to interchange ideas, develop new understandings, make decisions, and solve problems.
o Continue an inquiry-based process in developing new understandings, drawing conclusions, and creating new knowledge.
o Demonstrate personal productivity by completing products to express learning

Learners use 21st century information skills, resources and tools to share their knowledge and understandings with others and participate ethically and productively as members of our democratic society.

• Participate and collaborate as members of a social network of learners.
• Use writing and speaking skills to communicate new understandings effectively.
• Use technology and other tools to organize and display knowledge and understanding in ways that others can view, use, and assess.
• Conclude an inquiry-based process by sharing their new understandings with others and reflecting on their learning
• Assess the processes by which their learning was achieved.
• Assess the effectiveness of the learning product.
• Work with others in a group setting (varied roles, leadership, respecting other viewpoints).
• Use a variety of strategies to organize their knowledge in such a way that it can be shared.
• Give credit when using others’ ideas and products.
• Reflect on their own work.
• Demonstrate creativity by using multiple resources and formats.

Learners use 21st century information skills, resources and tools to pursue personal and aesthetic growth.
• Read for pleasure and personal growth.
• Read widely to make connections with themselves, the world around them, and their previous reading.
• Respond to literature and creative expressions of ideas in various formats.
• Pursue passions in personal learning.
• Seek resources in a variety of formats and genres.
• Connect ideas to own interests and previous knowledge and experience.
• Organize their knowledge in a way that can be called upon easily.
• Use social networks and tools to gather and share information.
• Apply what they learn to their own lives.
• Use creative and artistic formats to express personal learning.