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
- Standard Two: The information literate student accesses needed information effectively
- 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
This publication also lists performance indicators and outcomes for each of these standards.