Library Newsletter

March 2014 Volume 1, Issue 7

Imagine That @ our school library!

Library Lessons: A Culture of Inquiry

"The mission of the school library is to enable ALL students to be independent & lifelong learners, equipped with essential critical thinking & information skills." Barbara K. Stripling

Students can use the Big6 Skills whenever they need information to solve a problem, make a decision, or complete a task. The Big6 is a process model of how people of all ages solve an information problem.

1. Task Definition

1.1 Define the information problem

1.2 Identify information needed

2. Information Seeking Strategies

2.1 Determine all possible sources

2.2 Select the best sources

3. Location and Access

3.1 Locate sources (intellectually and physically)

3.2 Find information within sources

4. Use of Information

4.1 Engage (e.g., read, hear, view, touch)

4.2 Extract relevant information

5. Synthesis

5.1 Organize from multiple sources

5.2 Present the information

6. Evaluation

6.1 Judge the product (effectiveness)

6.2 Judge the process (efficiency)

Another useful way to view the Big6 is as a set of basic, essential life skills that can be applied across situations—to school, personal, and work settings. The Big6 Skills are applicable to all subject areas across the all grade levels.