Library and research skills are best taught within the context of a course at the time they will be immediately put to use. For this reason, research skills and information literacy (the ability to locate, evaluate, and use information) are taught with classroom teachers on each level as part of a research unit. Integrating the skills in this way also allows students to practice the skills repeatedly through the school year and apply those skills to different subject areas.
Library Skills/Information Literacy helps students develop effective skills and strategies for efficient “information problem solving,” especially in the electronic context, and in coordination with the eighth-grade curriculum. Technology issues, such as copyright, plagiarism in the digital age, safety, privacy, digital responsibility, the “digital divide,” and our role in the Internet community are investigated.