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Library Instruction: Information Literacy

What do we mean by Information Literacy?

"When we talk about information literacy, what we really mean by it is preparing students to keep learning, to participate in society, and to have the skills and habits that will help them make the most of their lives and contribute something valuable to society." 

Fister, Barbara. "decode academy." LOEX Conference, 3 May 2013, Nashville, TN. Keynote Address.

An information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

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