Information Literacy in March by Mr Victor Davidson

This year we will make exciting discoveries. We need to start with the most important person. Who is she? She lives in your home, wears your shoes and sits in your chair. She has your name. Who is she? The most important person works best when she gets the information she needs so that she doesn’t have to depend on everyone else.

Information? What is it? Where do we get it? There are many answers and some which only you know. “Inside the box” many people say we get information from books and computers. Do we also get information from our family, our friends and our teachers (even from music and the TV)? Only you can answer that.

Literacy? What is it? An easy answer is reading but is there more to it? How do we get literacy? An easy answer is reading but is there more to it?How do we learn? There are many ideas about how we learn and here are the top answers. We learn by seeing and showing; by hearing and telling; by doing and practising.This year in the library we will learn using all these methods.

 

In 2008 we will learn how to detail the information resource itself when we say how we got our information. The term we use for those details from a book is called a bibliographic record. When we get information from the internet we call it a Uniform Resource Locator or URL. When we look for information in a library the catalogue is the best starting point. We will use a workbook to practise finding resources and detail their bibliographic records and URLs.

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Now let me test your sense of humour.

Q. Why did the teacher need dark glasses?A. Because her students were so bright. Q: Why are fish so smart? A: Because they live in schools. We like jokes because they make our minds stretch to places we didn’t expect to go but when we get there it’s a pleasant surprise. That is the way we want you to think and feel about the library. (Not as a joke but a place for pleasant surprises!)

There are many locations for books in the library. The Reference section has books with a lot of information and big indexes. Non-Fiction books are full of facts about particular subjects. Fiction books are centred on a narrative and while an author makes them up they must ring true or we lose interest in them. There are other smaller locations for special books with particular purposes. Throughout the year we will learn about how to get and use information. We call this information literacy.

 

Each lesson we will also explore a fairy tale narrative and reflect on the useful information it reveals. The best way to experience fairy stories is to hear them. If you didn’t hear Mr Davidson’s version then you can see here on the video of Puss in Boots . You may prefer to read online it at Puss in Boots. The story has some really magical parts but it is also full of information.Answer the following questions about Puss in Boots1) What does a miller do? 2) What do rabbits eat?3) What do chickens eat?4) How do you trick ogres?5) What are cats useful for?

You have rights and responsibilities in the Library. Find out the answers to questions about the Library and answer below. 1) How long is the borrowing period?2) How many books can you borrow?3) What time does the library open?4) What is the penalty for overdue books?Finally I want you to tell me about your last school library. What was special about it? How did it make you feel? Do you remember the name of your teacher librarian?

Lastly click here for a personal welcome from Mr Davidson and Mrs Dyer.

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