Information Fluency Continuum Resolution

Whereas, school librarians teach all students unique skills including fluent and expert use of information; and

Whereas, the fluent and expert use of information is an essential 21st century information literacy skill that prepares students to be college and career ready
(CCR); and

Whereas, the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum (IFC) is an important educational framework that defines the information literacy and inquiry skills that
are important for all students to learn; and

Whereas, the inquiry skills and strategies articulated in the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum are aligned with the New York State Common
Core Learning Standards (CCLS) to provide systematic collaborative planning, incorporating the teaching of inquiry into the implementation of the CCLS through
classroom instruction and project based learning; and

Whereas, information fluency, like literacy, must extend in a coherent development continuum throughout the years of schooling, K–12 and beyond;
and

Whereas, the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum includes benchmark skills for grades Kindergarten-12 and assessments for each priority benchmark
skill, aligned with NYS Common Core Learning Standards; and

Whereas, students must grow beyond being able to decode information to being able to use appropriate information in any situation; and

Whereas, students must be information fluent in order to thrive both in and out of school; and

Whereas information fluency skills are pivotal in helping all of our children become independent learners; therefore be it

RESOLVED, that the New York Library Association (NYLA) Council:

1. endorses the adoption of the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum document for use as a guiding framework in all schools taught by a school
librarian, and

2. directs the Executive Director to communicate with the State Education Department to encourage them to endorse and support the addition of the Empire State Information Fluency Continuum document to the EngageNY website.

Adopted by the NYLA Council December 13, 2012

Click here to view a PDF version of the resolution.

Empire State Information Fluency Continuum 2012 (PDF)

Library Services Standards & Curriculum

Letter to NYS Educational Department Commissioner King (PDF)