Introduction
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    SUGGESTIONS FOR USING THIS DOCUMENT

    This site was created by and for educators in the Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada. All visitors are welcome to browse and use the information provided for their own teaching and learning purposes. The menu on all pages allows users to manouevre easily among the five parts of the site. Links are provided for this purpose; there are also many links within the site, connecting to more detailed information where this may be helpful. As well, other links are provided to other appropriate documents, and to other Internet sites containing related and useful information. A Help option is also available.

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    The notion of "embracing information literacy" was seen as an important step for all educators and learners, and it was clearly understood by the Committee from the outset that there was a need to relate the Atlantic Provinces Education Foundation (APEF) Curriculum development (and outcomes for student learning) to this new concept of literacy in our society and in our schools.
    The foundation (background information)

    Based on a recommended Action in the research Report, Reflection and Renewal in P.E.I. School Libraries (Doiron and Davies, 1996), the Prince Edward Island Department of Education launched the development of an "Information Literacy" document for the public education system in this province. This was primarily the responsibility of the School Library Standing Committee and its Chair, Resource-Based Learning Consultant, Judy Davies. The Committee accepted the advice contained in the research Report, and an ad hoc committee was formed, with the sole mandate of beginning the development of this document during the 1997-98 school year.

    The Information Literacy (ad hoc) Committee was comprised of educators from diverse backgrounds and experiences, with the following membership. View Founding Membership | View Current Membership

    Constructing this document (the process)

    Teacher-Librarian gives advice at Fort Augustus SchoolThe Committee met a number of times between February and June, 1998. They began by considering the recommended Actions (19 & 20) and the references to Information Literacy in the Report, Reflection and Renewal in P.E.I. School Libraries. The notion of "embracing information literacy" was seen as an important step for all educators and learners, and it was clearly understood by the Committee from the outset that there was a need to relate the APEF Curriculum development (and outcomes for student learning) to this new concept of literacy in our society and in our schools. It was also recognized that the School Library Policy and Guidelines for School Libraries, the "cornerstone documents" for school library programs in Prince Edward Island needed to be updated and revised to reflect this and other changes, especially the pervasive use of information technology in education. The Information Skills Continuum, was also urgently in need of being updated, to include a greater emphasis on technology, and the use of student outcomes (language and content consistent with the APEF documents.) The Committee agreed early in their meetings that this new document would replace the Skills Continuum. It was also understood that this new document had to be accessible to the wider educational community, that it had to be useful and relevant to both classroom teachers and teacher-librarians, regardless of their school situations.
    You are encouraged to support other educators by sharing what you have learned, and by visiting and using the services provided by our "Building Site".
    From their earliest "visioning" activity the Committee dreamed of an electronic document that would be more than a list of skills or a philosophical treatise, of interest to the minority. They were committed to a viable, growing, "interactive" site, one best served online, and accessed by educators at their convenience through computer connections. The process was not an easy one... after all, few of the Committee members had ever ventured into this type of work before, but they were committed to making the online document a reality!

    Now it is up to you, the user of this document, to make the best possible use of their work... to find whatever will assist you and your students in the development of information literacy. There is only one condition. You are encouraged to support other edu-cators by sharing what you have learned, and by visiting and using the services provided by our Building Site. Although these activities are developed using the Atlantic Canadian Curriculum, we hope many of these can be adapted and used by educators in other places!

    Thank you for visiting our site and we hope you will return frequently. Remember, this is a site created by and for educators and, together we'll share the best strategies for Building Information Literacy.

    Bibliography

    A bibliography exists for Building Information Literacy. It is available in a separate window by clicking here.

    Acknowledgements

    Website programming and design assistance provided by Randall Perry, P.E.I. Department of Education. Photography and Design advice by Ed Richard, Information Technology Consultant, P.E.I. Department of Education. Thanks to Patrick Ledwell for the design of the Building Information Literacy "BIL" character.

    The Information Literacy Committee was aware of several other similar and notable initiatives that happened concurrently with the development of this document in P.E.I.

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