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The Use of Information Literacy in the Academe

How does information literacy influences scholarship, practice and leadership in a Teachers' job? How does this affect teachers when they are assisting students?

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Information literacy is the ability to recognize the extent and nature of an information need, then to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information. (Plattsburgh State Information and Computer Literacy Task Force, 2001)

Information literacy compliments and enhances the job of a teacher. As we understand today, information literacy involves the use of ICT tool, like computer, to keep, store, retrieve and use data and information. The teacher's main job is to impart information to the students. The use of presentation software (Powerpoint, Impress) improves the teaching and learning process. Related information may be stored in a storage medium (thumb drive, CD, DVD) for future use. This manner saves the teacher time, money, and effort.

Computation of grades is an easy as 1-2-3 when the teachers is information literate. The use of spreadsheet software speeds up computations. Gone are the days when the teacher will burn candles for long hours computing manually the grades of the students.

Carr (1998) mentioned that the American Association of School Librarians issued a position paper on information competencies that stresses application rather than concepts. This recognizes the different roles of the administrator and the teacher in providing the integration of information literacy into the curriculum, supporting collaboration in planning and teaching among teachers and school library media specialists, and providing access to and using resource-based learning experiences, as well as notes the value of literature and technology as resources for student learning.

This means that an information literate teacher can be beneficial to the students' absorption of ...

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This solution relates how information literacy influences scholarship, practice and leadership in a Teachers' job and how these are utilized in the teaching-learning process.