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.