Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Handy 5

Losey, Betsy, et al., eds. The Handy Five: Planning and Assessing Integrated Information Skills Instruction. 2nd ed. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow, 2007. Print.
ISBN 978-0-8108-5908-1

The Handy 5 is like the Kansas Association of School Librarians' version of the Big 6. However, they have many unique twists on the process and are very focused on collaboration with teachers. Regardless of your approach to teaching an information literacy process, this book provides useful tools and resources that can be adapted to your own needs: assessment rubrics; charts that compare the language of the Handy 5 to related language used across the curriculum; outlines of the Handy 5 in kid talk; sample lessons for elementary, middle, and high school levels; a chapter devoted to simplifying the process for primary students; and more. The Handy 5 process strikes me as being very practical, straightforward, and user-friendly, as are the ideas, suggestions, and tools presented in the book. -- Jen

VOYA review:
"This volume will be a welcome addition to the professional resource collections of school librarians, especially those seeking involvement in student assessment, and might also be a good tool for public librarians looking for ways to collaborate with schools and other educational institutions."