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Middle Grade Literature and Literacy: Information Literacy

Literature and literacy resources for educators working with students in the middle grades.


Use this Research Guide to navigate between Clarion Libraries' supported and recommended resources to assist students, faculty and the general public in the study of middle level ( grades 4 - 8) education.  

Middle Level Education at Clarion University

Middle Level Education

Clarion Univeristy offers programs in Middle Level Education

Middle Level Education focuses on students in Grades 4 through 8. Teacher candidates pursuing a degree in this field take general education and professional education courses and pursue a concentration area. Concentration areas include English language and reading, mathematics, science or social studies.

This course of study is integrated with a master's in education with special education concentration. Please refer to the Clarion University Graduate Catalog for specific requirements at the graduate level.


American Association of School Librarians offers Essential Links: Resources for School Library Development focusing on information literacy.

Information Literacy (IL) is....

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) defines Information Literacy as

"...a set of abilities requiring individuals to 'recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.'...."

Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. An information literate individual is able to:

    * Determine the extent of information needed

    * Access the needed information effectively and efficiently

    * Evaluate information and its sources critically

    * Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base

    * Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose

    * Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

IL Program at Clarion University

Information Literacy (IL) is recognized by Clarion Univ as the key component of a general education and necessary for academic success, personal and professional decision-making and lifelong learning.  As librarians, we believe Information Literacy should be taught across the curriculum and is most effective when it is integrated into courses and disciplines.  Our program includes:

• Library orientations

• Course-specific instruction

• Individual instruction

• Online tutorials, including libguides

• Collaboration and consultation with faculty


ACRL Standards

In 2000, ACRL developed Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education:  Standards, Performance Indicators, and Outcomes.  The five standards are:

Standard One
The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.

Standard Two
The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.

Standard Three
The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.

Standard Four
The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

Standard Five
The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.