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ACA 115 - Success and Study Skills: Information Literacy

This course provides an orientation to the campus resources and academic skills necessary to achieve educational objectives. Emphasis is placed on an exploration of facilities and services, study skills, library skills, self-assessment, wellness, goal-set

Workplace Information Literacy

In today’s workplace, be it a classroom, retail store, government agency, warehouse, and/or corporate headquarters, information literacy is a key driver, if not the key driver,  in achieving success in whatever  job you perform now and, most likely, in the future.

Being able to define and solve definitively a problem, issue, or challenge at hand, and analyze succinctly appropriate digital and print  information resources to do so is a 21st century workplace skill, not necessarily acquired during one’s elementary, secondary, and even, post-secondary educational experience.  National research studies continue to document that educational and workforce development deficit.

Bottomline – to be an effective, informed decision maker in this century, in any workplace, one must know how to integrate and utilize both information and digital literacy practices.   

Checkout these three videos by the University of West Florida--

  • Using information Ethically
  • Information to Support Good Decisions
  • Organizing the Information to make your Point

What is Information Literacy?

Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate,and use effectively the needed information.”

Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. 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.

Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education are available for downloading at: https://www.ala.org/acrl/issues/infolit/overview/intro.

Online Resources

Information Literacy in the Workplace

Finding the Right Sources

Why can't I just Google?

Putting it all together

Before using information found on a web page for your research project, consider the following criteria to evaluate its credibility. 

You may have a higher quality Web page that could be of value to your research: