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Information Literacy

What is information literacy?

Information literacy is an intellectual framework for identifying, finding, understanding, evaluating and using information. It includes determining the nature and extent of needed information; accessing information effectively and efficiently; evaluating critically information and its sources; incorporating selected information in the learner's knowledge base and value system; using information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose; understanding the economic, legal and social issues surrounding the use of information and information technology; and observing laws, regulations, and institutional policies related to the access and use of information. (Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 2002 Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education)


Why is information literacy important?

Information literacy is vital to all disciplines and to effective teaching and learning in any institution. Institutions of higher education need to provide students and instructors with the knowledge, skills, and tools to obtain information in many formats and media in order to identify, retrieve, and apply relevant and valid knowledge and information resources to their study, teaching, or research.


Collaborative Effort

One of the key elements of information literacy is the collaboration between library faculty (librarians) and faculty in teaching and fostering information literacy skills relevant to the curriculum.


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