The library is a place of learning where students can expand their literacy skills. For younger students, it may often be as simple as checking out a book each week and discovering new stories and informational texts of interest for them. Older students often use library materials to do research, and must find resources to fit their needs. Appropriate exposure to library organization and materials is important for students whose information literacy skills may later determine the types of jobs for which they will be eligible. It is important enough that the California Department of Education (CDE) has library standards for transitional kindergarten through twelfth grade. Library standards for all grades follow the same overarching outline, with specific standards for each grade guiding student development as they grow. Below is the organization of the California State Library standards; for more information about the specifics of each grade, visit the CDE website.
California Library Standards Organization
Students access information. The student will access information by applying knowledge of the organization of libraries, print materials, digital media, and other sources.
1.1 Recognize the need for information.
1.2 Formulate appropriate questions.
1.3 Identify and locate a variety of resources online and in other formats by using effective search strategies.
1.4 Retrieve information in a timely, safe, and responsible manner.
Students evaluate information. The student will evaluate and analyze information to determine what is appropriate to address the scope of inquiry.
2.1 Determine the relevance of the information.
2.2 Assess the comprehensiveness, currency, credibility, authority, and accuracy of resources.
2.3 Consider the need for additional information.
Students use information. The student will organize, synthesize, create, and communicate information.
3.1 Demonstrate ethical, legal, and safe use of information in print, media, and online resources.
3.2 Draw conclusions and make informed decisions.
3.3 Use information and technology creatively to answer a question, solve a problem, or enrich understanding.
Students integrate information literacy skills into all areas of learning. The student will independently pursue information to become a lifelong learner.
4.1 Read widely and use various media for information, personal interest, and lifelong learning.
4.2 Seek, produce, and share information.
4.3 Appreciate and respond to creative expressions of information.