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Introduction to Information Literacy

What is information literacy ?
Where can I learn more about information literacy?

Information literacy is being able to know what information you need, how to find it effectively from various resources in different formats, how to evaluate it critically and use it properly.

A brief definition of Information literacy: A set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."

An information-literate 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.

    ----The Association of College and Research Libraries Information Literacy Competency Standard for Higher Education. Chicago, Illinois. 2000.

Related Web Sites:

Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education --
Reviewed by the Association of College and   Research Libraries (ACRL) Standards
Committee and approved by the Board of Directors of the ACRL on January 18,
National Forum on Information Literacy
-- Created in 1990 as a response to
the recommendations of ALA's Presidential Committee on Information Literacy.

Texas Information Literacy Tutorial -- By The University of Texas System
Digital Library.

An Online Information Literacy Tutorial List -- A link to the web page of
California Polytechnic State University library.

Recommended Books for Learning Information Literacy Skills:

  • The College Student's Research Companion. Arline Rodda Quaratiello. New York: Neal-Schuman. CALL NUMBER: Z710 .Q37 2000.
  • Techniques for Student Research: A Comprehensive Guide to Using the Library, Nancy Lane, Margaret Chisholm and Carolyn Mateer. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. CALL NUMBER: Z710 .L36 2000
  • Web Wisdom: How to Evaluate and Create Information Quality on the Web. by Janet E. Alexander and Marsha Ann Tate. New Jersey: Lawrence Erlbaum. CALL NUMBER: TK5105.888 .A376 1999.

Recommended Books for Teaching Information Literacy Skills:

  • Information Literacy Instruction: Theory and Practice. Esther S. Grassian and Joan R. Kaplowitz. NY: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc. CALL NUMBER: ZA3075 .G73 2001
  • Teaching Electronic Information Literacy: A How-To-Do-It Manual. Edited by Donald A. Barclay. New York: Neal-Shuman Publishers.
    CALL NUMBER: Z699 .T34 1995
  • Teaching Information Literacy Skills. Patricia Iannuzzi, Charles T. Mangrum II, and Stephen S. Strichart. Boston: Allyn & Bacon, 1999. ISBN 0-205-28007-2.


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