Information Literacy

What is Information Literacy?

Information literacy is the ability to find, evaluate, and use information in a meaningful and ethical manner.

 Identify - find - evaluate - apply - creditIn practical terms, an information literate student will succeed at:
  • articulating an information need
  • identifying appropriate sources of information to address that need
  • gathering relevant information
  • evaluating information
  • incorporating information
  • acknowledging the source of information

On a more conceptual level, an information literate student understands that

  • an information source's authority is constructed and contextual
  • information creation is a process, involving varying research, revision, and dissemination methods
  • information has value
  • research is an iterative process of inquiry
  • scholarship is a conversation
  • searching is a process involving strategic exploration

These concepts are collectively known as:

 The framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

Accrediting agencies such as the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) consider information literacy an intrinsic component of higher education, and critical to the success of students in academia and beyond. In this regard, information literacy is considered a key ingredient of lifelong learning.

Gleeson Library librarians are available to work with students and faculty on exploring these concepts.

Specifically, librarians welcome opportunities to:

  1. Assist faculty with incorporating these concepts and skill building into course curricula. See our suggestions.
  2. Provide library workshops to present these concepts and facilitate developing information literacy skills. Sign up for a workshop with your class.
  3. Meet one-on-one with students for more personalized assistance in the research process. sign-up for an appointment with a librarian.