What is Information Literacy?
Being information literate means that you are an effective user of information and ideas. Information literacy is an essential skill for success in the 21st century.
Students need information literacy skills not only for success in college and careers, but also to be active, productive citizens in an increasingly complex democratic society.
Here are just a few examples of where information literacy skills are used in everyday society:
- Searching and applying for colleges
- Registering to vote and making informed decisions in elections
- Conducting job searches
- Finding reliable health and medical information online
- Understanding contracts or looking for legal information
- Comparison shopping for major purchases like homes or automobiles
- Avoiding identity theft and online fraud
- Filing taxes and understanding personal finance
- Researching travel or vacation destinations
Information Literacy Standards
Information literacy is measured with 9 standards in three major areas: basic information literacy, independent learning, and social responsibility.
Basic Information Literacy
- 1. The information literate student accesses information efficiently and effectively
- 2. The information literate student evaluates information critically and competently
- 3. The information literate student uses information accurately and creatively
- 4. An independent learner pursues information related to personal interests
- 5. An independent learner appreciates literature and other creative expressions of information
- 6. An independent learner strives for excellence in information seeking and knowledge generation
- 7. A socially responsible student recognizes the importance of information to a democratic society
- 8. A socially responsible student practices ethical behavior in regard to information and information technology
- 9. A socially responsible student participates effectively in groups to pursue and generate information