Mrs. Lavin - Media Specialist



Information Literacy Standards

Web Site Evaluation

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 7:15 AM - 2:15 PM.

The Library is open to all students, faculty/staff and classes throughout the school day. Students may come to the Library during the day with a pass from their teacher. The Library is open before and after school to do independent research.

Borrowing Policies
All faculty/staff and students' names are entered into the automated system. Students may borrow books, audiobooks, magazines, videos and CD's for three weeks. Faculty and staff may borrow Library materials for up to one year.

Interlibrary Loan
Interlibrary loan from the RILINK/RICAT and Ocean State Libraries (formerly CLAN) is available. Please see Library staff for additional information. You will need your Ocean State Library card to reserve public library materials.

Our Library contains approximately 13,000 materials, subscribes to over 25 periodicals and owns 26 computers. Resources include Internet, online subscription and E-book databases which are available to the school community.

Library Media Philosophy

The main focus of the Library Media Center at South Kingstown High School is to integrate research and technology skills into all facets of the curriculum, while teaching acquisition and evaluation of information. Hopefully, through constant instruction and repetition of the research process, students will become lifelong readers, researchers, and learners. “In this century, an ‘educated’ graduate will no longer be defined as one who has absorbed a certain body of factual information, but as one who knows how to find, evaluate, and apply needed information.” (Patricia Senn Breivik)

Information Literacy Standards
The student who is information literate
Standard 1: accesses information efficiently and effectively.
Standard 2: evaluates information critically and competently.
Standard 3: uses information accurately and creatively.
The student who is an independent learner
Standard 4: pursues information related to personal interests.
Standard 5: appreciates literature and other creative expressions of information.
Standard 6: strives for excellence in information seeking and knowledge generation.
The student who is socially responsible
Standard 7: recognizes the importance of information to a democratic society.
Standard 8: practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology.
Standard 9: participates effectively in groups to pursue and generate information.
(Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning, Chicago: ALA, 1998)

It is important to use a bibliography to avoid potential appearance of plagiarism and to back up any facts you state.
Sources should be alphabetized by author or by title if no author is given, teachers normally like a space between entries.

web site 1.jpgWeb Site Evaluation
When you visit a web site, it would be helpful to ask yourself the following questions and evaluate the site that you are obtaining information from.
Who wrote this (author, editor, institution)?
The author, editor or institution is part of a/an: school, university, government agency, organization, company, other?
How recent is this information? When was it written or last updated?
What is the purpose for this information: inform, persuade, explain, entertain?
Is the information on this page factual or based on opinion?
Does the author cite sources so that you can verify the information?
How quickly does the web site download?
Can you navigate the site easily?
Are there any links to other sites useful for your topic?
Is there advertising on this site?
What kinds of illustrations are on this site: drawings, photographs, maps, chart, movies, other, none?
Do the illustrations on the page help you learn? Does the sound relate to your topic?
How do you rate this site: Outstanding; satisfactory, needs improvement?
How hard is it to read this material