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Instructional Services - What is Information Literacy?

According to the American Library Association, “To be prepared for a future characterized by change, students must learn to think rationally and creatively, solve problems, manage and retrieve information and communicate effectively. By mastering information problem-solving skills, students will be ready for an information-based society and technological workplace.”

An information literate person can:

  • Understand the organization of information
  • Recognize and articulate a research problem
  • Develop appropriate search strategies
  • Select and use information retrieval tools
  • Locate and retrieve sources
  • Analyze and critically evaluate information
  • Organize and synthesize information
  • Use and apply information

For more information on information literacy, please see the Association for College and Research Libraries’ Information Literacy web site.