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High School to College: Resources for Librarians and Teachers: 21st Century Skills

This guide is designed to provide practical and useful information for librarians and teachers interested in preparing high school students academically for college courses and research.


Information Literacy and 21st Century Skills


What is Information Literacy?

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) defines information literacy as "a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." ACRL Information Literacy Competancy Standards for Higher Education


What Are 21st Century Skills?

21st Century Skills are key abilities needed for understanding, learning, thinking and mastering subjects (AASL 2007). 21st Century Skills provide a broadened educational context for the skills and abilities commonly referred to as Information Literacy. The Partnership for 21st Century Skills asserts that: “Effective citizens and workers must be able to exhibit a range of functional and critical thinking skills, such as: Information Literacy, Media Literacy and ICT (Information, Communications and Technology) Literacy” (2009).

Internet Resources for 21st Century Skills