The Metronet Information Literacy Project (MILP) is based on the premise that student achievement is impacted by a strong school library media program that is staffed by professional media specialists who collaborate with teachers in incorporating information literacy skills into classroom teaching. Lots of research has been done on this, including two studies of Minnesota's library media programs conducted by Metronet. We know, too, that this collaboration takes time, resources, and skills that not all media specialists and teachers have! So, MILP was started to help small learning communities in St. Paul high schools develop the skills and find some time to focus on information literacy.
Another impetus for the project is the Minnesota State Legislature. In 2006, it passed a law that requires the Commissioner of Education to embed Technology & Information Literacy Standards into the Minnesota Academic Standards. This process has already started with the revision of the Math Standards. MILP participants will ahead of the curve on this, since they will be experienced in teaching information literacy!
The Technology & Information Literacy Standards were developed by MEMO, the professional association serving school media and information technology professionals. MILI uses these standards as the foundation of its program and training, too. The Initiative focuses on two of the nine Technology & Information Literacy Standards : (1) Research process, including the use of appropriate resources, and (4) Responsible use of information and information technology. We have expanded the two standards into 3 Rs:
- Reliable Resources
- Responsibile Use (of Technology and Information)
All of our training focuses on one or more of these Rs.