Category Archives: Information literacy

Archival Library Poster from the Library of Congress

Some things never change, your library and librarians can help navigate all the new ways to find accurate information – on the Internet and in our books, ebooks, reference books, magazines, newspapers, encyclopedias, now in print and online.  This poster was featured on the Library of Congress blog for Archives Month.For greater knowledge on more subjects, use your library

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Privacy Tips

Privacy Guide from WaTechWe are posting this useful link to remind us all to always be wary.  “Always read websites’ privacy policies before handing over personal information. Understanding when and how your information may be shared will allow you to decide whether or not to do business with certain companies. If a company does not post a privacy policy, be very wary; it may be advisable to contact such companies and ask their policies before sharing any of your personal information.

More tips…”  Also click the graphic to download a pdf book from the state agency Washington Technology Solutions.

 

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Hacked Email – What to do?

HackedemailFTCClick here for help and updates on how to prevent being hacked by a scammer – Information from the Federal Trade Commission Blog

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Scam Prevention – Protect Yourself

If you know someone who might be a potential victim of a telephone or internet scam, click these links and graphic for a short video and more information. The Federal Trade Commission is working with libraries to keep people from being victimized by scammers.

Imposter Scams

Identity Theft

Charity Fraud

Health Care Scams

Paying Too Much

“You’ve Won” Scams

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Learn about this election season issues !

Learn about this year’s ballot, find voter registration forms and remember to vote!  The library always has information resources (books, articles, data, statistics) on issues plus there is a new website with fact checking capabilities called the LivingVotersGuide.org.  Stay informed and Vote!

Make the most of your vote!

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Practice makes perfect!

If you are planning to take the SAT, GRE, GED or other career qualifying exam, click here to practice the exams using the Testing & Education Reference Center. Your library card allows you to spend time focusing on the tests and sample questions to prepare you for the best scores! You can take the tests over and over again to get it just right!

Practice taking your entrance and qualifying exams on the Testing & Education Reference Center

Testing & Education Reference Center

Testing & Education Reference Center (TERC) is designed to help students — in high school, graduate school, and specialty school and beyond — make their future education decisions easier. TERC is provides easy access to information on colleges, technical schools, practice entrance exams, and certification and professional license exams that show students what to expect and how to prepare for — and excel at — the next level. Plus, the resume Builder and Virtual career library make TERC perfect for job seekers by providing specific examples and tips for the job search. It also provides provides a vast collection of information on two- and four-year institutions across the United States to help students (and parents) screen potential schools.  This resource is available in the library or from home 24/7.  Contact us if you need help.

GED®
HSPT (High School Placement Test)
ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam)
SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test)
SHSAT (Specialized High Schools Admission Test)
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MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
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ISEE (Independent School Entrance Exam)
SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test)
SHSAT (Specialized High Schools Admission Test)
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GRE (Graduate Record Examinations)
GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)
LSAT (Law School Admission Test)
MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)
MAT (Miller Analogies Test)
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Information Literacy, Part II

What is information literacy, and why should you care?  Part II

Here’s a link to Part I, in which you became convinced of the importance of information literacy.

The American Library Association defines an information literate individual as one who is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

So in your daily deluge of data, how do you gain these skills?

Well – one place is your local library, where people trained in these skills are available, free for the asking, to help you.  Remember, libraries aren’t just about books; they’re about connecting people with information.

 Here’s a one-page summary for grown-ups offered by the San Francisco Public Children’s Library; and another from Washington State University.

We’ve focused on evaluating websites here, but there are lots more areas that every web user needs to know.  Privacy, consumer saavy, and Internet safety are other issues for which we need education.  Critical thinking skills, information ethics, and how to find the information you need are other areas.  Be careful out there!

-Mary Beth

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Information Literacy Part I

What is information literacy, and why should you care?

Because we’re all absolutely drowning in a sea of information, and information literacy is the skill of getting yourself into a boat.  It’s not optional for anyone living in this culture today, and it’s especially important for children to learn how to evaluate the credibility of information from the start.  (If your child’s school doesn’t have a trained school librarian, find out how they are being taught this.)

The National Forum on Information Literacy defines information literacy as being able to identify the need for information, find it, assess it for credibility, and use it to learn or problem-solve.   It also involves the skills to stay safe in the digital world (identifying scams, identity safety, etc.).

Think of all the information you receive in a day.  Unsolicited information from radio, tv, email, Internet, your kid’s school, work – it goes on and on.  Or knowledge you seek from books, Internet, other people, etc.  What is true?  What is biased?  What is useful?  How do you find what you need easily and sort through the rest?

Find out how literate you are.  Here’s a quick quiz for you and yours to take.

Or take a look at this great site.  Click on some of the sites listed under “Hoax Sites.”   If you came upon one while browsing the web, would you have any idea it was a hoax?

Tomorrow, we’ll look at how to become more information literate.

-Mary Beth

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YouTube stars!

Your local librarians are YouTube stars!! Several members of the BPL staff recently starred in a video project as part of a partnership with the University of Washington Information School. The message of the video is simple: whatever your information needs–we can help you with that. So check out our YouTube debut, and then come in to your local library for help finding the information you need. Parenting resources, medical and health info, car repair diagrams, job search and resume support, IRS forms, GED test prep, and more–we can help you with that.

~Janice

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