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Information Literacy: Information Literacy

Librarians are ready to provide the following services to assist faculty with integrating information literacy into their curriculum:

Information Literacy in the Curriculum

Incorporating information literacy across the curriculum, in all programs and services, and throughout the administrative life of the college, requires the collaborative efforts of faculty, librarians, and administrators.

  • Faculty-Through lectures and by leading discussions, faculty establish the context for learning. Faculty also inspire students to explore the unknown, offer guidance on how best to fulfill information needs, and monitor students’ progress.
  • Librarians-Academic librarians coordinate the evaluation and selection of intellectual resources for programs and services; organize, and maintain collections and many points of access to information; and provide instruction to students and faculty who seek information.
  • Adminstrators-Administrators create opportunities for collaboration and staff development among faculty, librarians, and other professionals who initiate information literacy programs, lead in planning and budgeting for those programs, and provide ongoing resources to sustain them.

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:

Information Literacy and Engaging Learners

Information Literacy Framework (Updated Guidelines from ACRL)

23 framework things

In January 2016, ACRL adopted an updated approach to Information Literacy, called the Information Literacy Framework.  To learn more about this updated framework checkout the online tutorial 23 Framework Things.  It is a online, self-paced course on the new guidelines.

Information Literacy Wordle

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