About Information Literacy

“Information literacy is defined as a process by which students come to

  • Recognize when they have a need for information
  • Identify the kinds of information needed to address a given problem or issue
  • Develop a search strategy and find and evaluate the needed information
  • Organize the information and use it effectively to address the problem at hand
  • Use the information legally and ethically.”

From the CUNY Council of Chief Librarians’ White Paper on Information Literacy, 2001.

“An information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally.”

From ACRL’s Information literacy competency standards for Higher Education.

Information Literacy (Association of College & Research Libraries)
Gateway to information including an overview of information literacy, standards and guidelines, resources and professional activity. Includes Information literacy in a nutshell for faculty and administrators.

Information Literacy Section (IFLANET) Promoting international coordination in information literacy education.

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