What is Information Literacy?
"Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning." Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2016.
Why is it Important?
Information literacy skills will be important in your college career. You'll have assignments such as research papers and group presentations where information literacy skills are required to earn a good grades. But they're also REALLY important in your everyday life. They can be used in your job. The ability to find, evaluate, use, and share information is an essential skill in many positions. They're important in making informed consumer decisions, such as which car or vacuum cleaner to purchase. You can also use these same skills to research and make decisions on important issues like what political candidate or platform to support.
Information Literacy and the Library
One of the missions of our library is to help our students become information literate. We do this through our LibGuides, library instruction classes, and helping students one-on-one with their research.