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Library Information Literacy Standards

In 1998-99, the Department of Education and the Alaska State Library collaborated to sponsor the drafting of standards for Alaska students in the essential area of library/information literacy. A working group of educators from around the state wrote content standards to reflect the knowledge, abilities and attitudes every Alaskan student should develop in this area during twelve years of public schooling. The standards follow the already published Alaska Content Standards in format and language, but delineate the unique skills required to be informationally literate. On Dec. 10, 1999, the content standards for Library/Information Literacy were adopted into regulation by the State Board of Education.


Library/Information Literacy Standards


Mission Statement

The school library is a primary source for information and curriculum support. The school library functions as the information center for the school by providing access to a full range of literary and information resources, in both traditional and electronic format, and opportunities to acquire information literacy skills through integrated and interdisciplinary learning activities that support the curriculum. The mission of the school library program is to ensure that all students and staff are given the opportunity to become literate, life-long learners and effective, responsible users of ideas and information.



  1. A student should understand how information and resources are organized.

    A student who meets the content standard should:

    1. recognize that libraries use classification systems to organize, store and provide access to information and resources;
    2. understand how library classification and subject heading systems work;
    3. understand how information in print, non-print and electronic formats is organized and accessed;
    4. search for information and resources by author, title, subject or keyword, as appropriate; and
    5. identify and use search strategies and terms that will produce successful results.
  2. A student should understand and use research processes necessary to locate, evaluate and communicate information and ideas.

    A student who meets the content standard should:

    1. state a problem, question or information need;
    2. consider the variety of available resources and determine which are most likely to be useful;
    3. access information;
    4. evaluate the validity, relevancy, currency and accuracy of information;
    5. organize and use information to create a product; and
    6. evaluate the effectiveness of the product to communicate the intended message.
  3. A student should recognize that being an independent reader, listener, and viewer of material in print, non-print, and electronic formats will contribute to personal enjoyment and lifelong learning.

    A student who meets the content standard should:

    1. read for pleasure and information;
    2. read, listen to, and view a wide variety of literature and other creative expressions; and
    3. recognize and select materials appropriate to personal abilities and interests.
  4. A student should be aware of the freedom to seek information and possess the confidence to pursue information needs beyond immediately available sources.

    A student who meets the content standard should:

    1. know how to access information through local, national and international sources in printed and electronic formats;
    2. recognize the importance of access to information and ideas in a democratic society;
    3. access information on local, state, national and world cultures and issues;
    4. evaluate information representing diverse views in order to make informed decisions; and
    5. assimilate and understand how newly acquired information relates to oneself and others.
  5. A student should understand ethical, legal and social behavior with respect to information resources.

    A student who meets the content standard should:

    1. use library materials and information resources responsibly;
    2. understand and respect the principles of intellectual freedom;
    3. understand and respect intellectual property rights and copyright laws; and
    4. develop and use citations and bibliographies.

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