Standard 3 - Information and Knowledge:
Candidates model and promote ethical, equitable access to and use of physical, digital, and virtual collections of resources. Candidates demonstrate knowledge of a variety of information sources and services that support the needs of the diverse learning community. Candidates demonstrate the use of a variety of research strategies to generate knowledge to improve practice.

Elements:
  • 3.1 Efficient and ethical information-seeking behavior
Candidates identify and provide support for diverse student information needs. Candidates model multiple strategies for students, other teachers, and administrators to locate, evaluate, and ethically use information for specific purposes. Candidates collaborate with students, other teachers, and administrators to efficiently access, interpret, and communicate information.


  • 3.2 Access to information
Candidates support flexible, open access for library services. Candidates demonstrate their ability to develop solutions for addressing physical, social and intellectual barriers to equitable access to resources and services. Candidates facilitate access to information in print, non-print, and digital formats. Candidates model and communicate the legal and ethical codes of the profession.


  • 3.3 Information technology
Candidates demonstrate their ability to design and adapt relevant learning experiences that engage students in authentic learning through the use of digital tools and resources. Candidates model and facilitate the effective use of current and emerging digital tools to locate, analyze, evaluate, and use information resources to support research, learning, creating, and communicating in a digital society.


  • 3.4 Research and knowledge creation
Candidates use evidence-based, action research to collect data. Candidates interpret and use data to create and share new knowledge to improve practice in school libraries.


The open web is home to a plethora of websites on every topic imaginable and many of these sites are not worthy of professional research. The above document focuses on two websites on the topic of dinosaurs and guides readers through evaluating the information on the websites.
The above document aligns the PA State School Curriculum Standards with the Big6 Research model. The Big6 Research model is a guide for locating, evaluating, and using information for research purposes.Today we are faced with a wealth of information at our fingertips. Subscription databases should be utilized for research in order to ensure the accuracy of online sources. The above document is a description of Gale's Literature Resource Center database.