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Information Literacy Standards

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association, has developed the following standards for information literacy:

  • Standard One: The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.
  • Standard Two: The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • Standard Three: The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.
  • Standard Four: The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
  • Standard Five: The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally.

These ACRL standards have been published on their website. This publication also lists performance indicators and outcomes for each of these standards.

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