The Big6 Curriculum
Comprehensive Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy for All Students
by Michael B. Eisenberg, Janet Murray, and Colet Bartow
May 2016, 176pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

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In order for today’s students to be successful, they must be information and communication technology literate. This book shows how to create an instructional program that meets this critical goal.

This practical, hands-on book explains how to ensure that your students are information and communication technology literate—that is, competent with a range of tools, technologies, and techniques for seeking out and applying information.

The importance of teaching information and communication technology (ICT) literacy is clear: without it, students will be ill-equipped to find and use information in all its forms as well as produce and present information in all forms. Unfortunately, most ICT literacy educational programs are irregular, incomplete, or arbitrary. Classroom teachers, teacher librarians, and technology teachers need a complete ICT program—one with clearly defined goals and objectives, planned and coordinated instruction, regular and objective assessment of learning, and formal reporting of results. This book explains how to integrate the objectives of ICT literacy into your school’s established curricular structure.

The book explains the rationale for a having a comprehensive ICT program, describes how to develop a Big6 by the Month program, and defines the challenges in the areas of information-seeking strategies, location and access, use of information, synthesis, and evaluation. It also includes templates for grade-level objectives; a scenario plan, program plan, lesson plan, and unit plan; summary evidence and criteria; performance descriptors; a presentation readiness checklist; and Big6 by the Month checklists for instructional leaders, teachers, and teacher librarians.


  • Helps librarians better understand and implement the information and communication technology (ICT) skills required of 21st-century students
  • Presents dozens of figures, templates, and lessons to aid librarians in implementing comprehensive ICT literacy programs that reach all students in all schools
  • Provides highly relevant concepts for librarians at all schools or districts seeking to achieve local, state, or Common Core educational standards
Michael B. Eisenberg is dean emeritus and professor at the Information School of the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Eisenberg cocreated the Big6 approach to information literacy. He is the author of numerous titles regarding the Big6 and information literacy, including Libraries Unlimited's The Big6 Workshop Handbook: Implementation and Impact. Eisenberg has received widespread recognition, including the 2009 Association for Library & Information Science Education's Award for Professional Contribution, the 2006 Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of School Librarians and Baker & Taylor, the 2003 Presidential Award from the Washington Library Association, and the 1990 Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Information Science and Policy of the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany.

Janet Murray, MALS, retired teacher-librarian, has been using the Big6 skills to help middle and high school students become "information literate" since she created an online matrix and web page of activities linking the Big6 to national information literacy standards in 1999. Adding the National Educational Technology Standards for Students (NETS-S) to the matrix in 2002, she began to more deeply explore each of the Big6 skills as they relate to standards in a series of articles, culminating in the book Achieving Educational Standards Using the Big6. She was the lead instructor for an online course using the Big6 Skills to achieve content, information literacy, and NETS standards from 2003 to 2008. Murray joined the Big6 by the Month team at its inception, manages its website and discussion group, and compiled the first three years of webinars to create the first draft of this book.

Colet Bartow, M.Ed, is school library specialist at the Montana Office of Public Instruction, Helena, MT. She completed her master of education degree in curriculum and instruction at Montana State University and her bachelor's degree in English with endorsements in secondary English, school library media, and English as a second language at the University of Montana. She spent 13 years as a teacher librarian before joining the Office of Public Instruction in 2007. Bartow is the recipient of the 2011 Northwest Council for Computer Education President's Award. She has published articles about information literacy standards in School Library Monthly and Library Media Connection and has contributed to AASL's Standards for the 21st Century Learner in Action. Twitter is her favorite personal learning network (@cbartow).
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