We are always seeking information, for both course work and "real life." Information helps us reach conclusions, make choices, and communicate more effectively.
In today’s information environment, finding reliable answers to questions can be difficult. In order to decipher and use the information we find effectively, we need to develop information literacy skills.
From Why is IL Important?
In a complex and rapidly changing environment, higher education must help students to become information literate. Information literacy enables students to recognize the value of information and use it to make informed choices in their personal, professional and academic lives. An information literate student effectively accesses, evaluates, organizes, synthesizes and applies information from a variety of sources and formats in a variety of contexts. Information literacy requires an ongoing involvement in learning and in evaluating information so that life long learning is possible.
The student who is information literate is able to:
WAAL Information Literacy Committee, Fall 1998
Adopted by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) in January 2016, the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education had been the impetus for great change in the field of information literacy. Below are the guiding frames on which we base our instruction program. Dispositions and knowledge practices are associated with each one.
Approved in January 2000, the Standards, including performance indicators and outcomes are available online from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL): Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
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