What is Information Literacy
Information Literacy is the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. The Association of College and Research Libraries outlined five standards that today's students would need to succeed in school and their career. An information literate student has the ability to:
- Determine the nature and extent of information needed
- Access needed information effectively and efficiently
- Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base and value system
- Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose Understand the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information
Why is Information Literacy Relevant?
In the last ten years, print, media and electronic resources have grown exponentially. New technologies have changed the way we access information, work and live. Now it is much easier to access all kinds of information instantaneously. However, knowing how and where to find reliable information can be difficult. Seeking information effectively and efficiently is a learned skill that is developed through practice. By teaching our students these skills, we enable them to become confident researchers and independent life-long learners.
Watch this video to understand why information literacy is relevant in our lives today.
How can the library help?
- Collaborate with you to create assignments that integrate information literacy skills
- Teach information literacy sessions to help students complete assignments that include a research/IL component
- Create a class/assignment research guide webpage (example)