ALA/AASL Standard 3 - Information and Knowledge

Candidates model and promote ethical, equitable access to and use of physical, digital, and virtual collections of resources. Candidates demonstrate knowledge of a variety of information sources and services that support the needs of the diverse learning community. Candidates demonstrate the use of a variety of research strategies to generate knowledge to improve practice.


3.1 Efficient and ethical information-seeking behavior

Candidates identify and provide support for diverse student information needs. Candidates model multiple strategies to locate, evaluate, and ethically use information for specific purposes. Candidates collaborate with students, content area teachers, and administrators to efficiently access, interpret, and communicate information.

3.2 Access to information

Candidates support flexible, open access for library services. Candidates demonstrate their ability to develop solutions for addressing physical, social and intellectual barriers to equitable access to resources and services and facilitate access to information in print, non-print, and digital formats. Candidates model and communicate the legal and ethical codes of the profession.

This document is a handout for parents, faculty and staff members. It provides information on, and access to New York State's online library resources. These resources can all be linked to the school library's website.

3.3 Information technology

Candidates demonstrate their ability to design and adapt relevant learning experiences that engage students in authentic learning through the use of digital tools and resources. Candidates model and facilitate the effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research, learning, creating, and communicating in a digital society.

These two documents serve as resources for both students and teachers on how to utilize digital resources for research purposes. There is a quick guide to the features of World Book Student Online database, as well as a PowerPoint presentation on its features and how to use them.

3.4 Research and knowledge creation

Candidates collect, interpret, and use data to create new knowledge to improve practice in school libraries. Candidates use evidence-based, action research and share new knowledge.