The learning standards begin by defining nine foundational common beliefs:

  • Reading is a window to the world.
  • Inquiry provides a framework for learning.
  • Ethical behavior in the use of information must be taught.
  • Technology skills are crucial for future employment needs. 
  • Equitable access is a key component for education.
  • The definition of information literacy has become more complex as resources and technologies have changed.
  • The continuing expansion of information demands that all individuals acquire the thinking skills that will enable them to learn on their own.
  • Learning has a social context.
  • School libraries are essential to the development of learning skills 

Learners use skills, resources, and tools to: 

  • Inquire
  • Think critically
  • Gain knowledge
  • Draw conclusions
  • Make informed decisions
  • Apply knowledge to new situations
  • Create new knowledge
  • Share knowledge
  • Participate ethically as members of our democratic society
  • Participate productively as members of our democratic society
  • Pursue personal and aesthetic growth