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Information Literacy

What is Information Literacy?

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education: Eligibility Requirements and Standards for Accreditation, 2011) defines information literacy as:

Several skills, collectively referred to as "information literacy," apply to all disciplines in an institution’s curricula. These skills relate to a student’s competency in acquiring and processing information in the search for understanding, whether that information is sought in or through the facilities of a library, through practica, as a result of field experiments, by communications with experts in professional communities, or by other means. Therefore, information literacy is an essential component of any educational program at the graduate or undergraduate levels.

According to the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education adopted by The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) in 2016:

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.

Threshold Concepts from ACRL’s Six Frames for Information Literacy

  • Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  • Information Creation as a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

For the complete Framework, see: Framework for Information Literacy for Higher EducationExternal Link.

Information Literacy at Wor-Wic Community College

Wor-Wic’s General Education Objective 5. Information Literacy (2016-2017 Catalog)

Access, evaluate and appropriately use information and technology to accomplish tasks and communicate ideas.

  1. Acquire: Use multiple forms of media to identify, gather and synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  2. Assess: Critically determine the credibility, accuracy and utility of source information.
  3. Use: Effectively employ technological tools and vocabulary to manage projects and/or solve problems.
  4. Cite: Responsibly use information according to legal and ethical standards.
  5. Create: Incorporate information and technology into the design and development of quality products that successfully communicate ideas.

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