This has been an exciting academic year in the Greenfield Community School‘s Secondary Library and it’s hard to believe the third term is already here and that we are gearing up for final exams soon! Since our grand reopening last September, I have been actively working on ways to make our library resources more readily available to the GCS community. Students have been introduced to the website for Taaleem Libraries and our GCS library page is worth investigating as it has useful links to our academic databases as well as other free online resources which can help students with their research projects: libraries.taaleem.ae
(For help with passwords and/or where to find more information, please feel free to contact us!)
Information Literacy in the Age of “Fake News”
One of my main goals as a school librarian is to help students successfully navigate the huge amount of information that is available to them in the digital age. This critical skill is known as “Information Literacy.” But what exactly does that mean?
According to The UK’s Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, CILIP, “Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner.”
Starting in the PYP and continuing in the MYP and DP library, our job is to help students determine fact from fiction and what constitutes reliable information. As the following article from The Guardian explains, teaching students these critical thinking skills is more important than ever!
Ideally students will be given the ability to carefully analyse information for its truthfulness, accuracy and currency and to determine whether the source is reputable and valid. This is currently a challenge for adults and young people alike, but I believe a good library program which teaches information as well as media literacy skills is a huge step in the right direction. To learn more on this important topic, some great resources can be found at Media Literacy Now, a non-profit advocacy group which promotes media literacy and aims to equip our “young people to be thoughtful, safe and effective consumers and creators of information.”
“Poems are a form of music, and language just happens to be our instrument—language and breath.”
—Terrance Hayes, Academy of American Poets Chancellor (2017– )
Thursday, April 27th is a day to celebrate the wonder of the written word by keeping an original or favourite copied poem ready to read throughout the day with a friend or classmate. We will be writing and sharing our poems in the GCS Secondary Library that day and look forward to the creativity our students display so magnificently!
“I don’t know. Poets are always taking the weather so personally. They’re always sticking their emotions in things that have no emotions.”– J.D. Salinger
Contributed by: Chris Malinowski, MSLS
Greenfield Community School