Posted by LibeRaCe on January 13, 2014
This is a response on behalf of the Association of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians. Contact Chair of ASCEL, Sarah Mears: firstname.lastname@example.org.Website: www.ascel.org.uk
ASCEL is a national membership network of Senior Children’s and Education Librarians, who work together to stimulate developments and share initiatives relating to children and young people in public libraries and educational services.
‘Libraries support children to develop confidence in reading and information skills which can contribute to raising long term aspirations and improved outcomes.’
In those secondary schools fortunate enough to have a librarian in post, the teaching of information literacy skills is often the preserve of the school librarian. Many teachers do not feel confident teaching information literacy and this is an area in which Schools Library Services (1) can offer support, frequently providing training for staff, resources and sessions for children in the basic skills of constructing a search strategy, identifying appropriate material, evaluating information for bias, issues such as plagiarism, all of which are important skills in today’s work place – and as mentioned above – have been highlighted in research as lacking in many young people.
See on www.ascel.org.uk