Information literacy

This is an important topic for youth services librarians to be aware of. Children and teens are coming in contact with more technology and media than ever. when they come into the library for help or pleasure we can use this as an opportunity  to teach them indirectly or directly.  Pierce’s Sex, Brains, and Video Games instructs librarians that their job is to educate teens and parents on how to be information literate.

The librarian could do this many ways by acquisition of materials, classes for teens and parents on this topic, and instruction at the reference desk or through print or online resources. Librarians should not only provide the resources but the education of it as well in how to use them. It is also critical to work with the people who also interact with teens, their parents or caregivers, teachers, education professionals, and community leaders. With a combined vision of how information literacy should be taught to this group can greatly increase the chance of a  positive outcome.

Pierce also recommends that librarians always be on the lookout of new information and technology so we can stay on the cusp of popular media and are able to provide information and instruction about the newest technology.  It is imperative for librarians to stay ahead of the game. This way we can be the information provider to children and teens, which in turn will lead to more returning patrons.

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  1. This is a great post. Information and technology literacy is very important for youth and teens. Libraries have to beware of falling behind in the technology sphere. Sadly, either because of lack of funding or in more extreme cases, librarians who dislike technology in the library, staying up-to-date on technological changes can be difficult. However, children and young adults benefit greatly from technology and find it much easier to pick up on the technology faster than their adult counterparts. Libraries do need to make technology a priority, especially for the children and young adult sections. At this day and age, technology is a must have for any child or teenager; the library must move with the changing times.

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