What is Information Literacy?
Information Literacy is the ability to identify what information is needed, understand how
the information is organized, identify the best sources of information for a given need, locate those sources, evaluate
the sources critically, and share that information. It is the knowledge of commonly used research techniques.
WHY IS INFORMATION LITERACY IMPORTANT?
Information literacy is critically important because we are surrounded by a growing ocean of information in all formats. Not all information is created equal: some is authoritative, current,
reliable, but some is biased, out of date, misleading, false. The amount of information available is going to keep increasing. The types of technology used to access, manipulate, and create information
will likewise expand.
HOW WILL I USE INFORMATION LITERACY SKILLS?
Information literacy skills are used for academic purposes, such as research papers and group presentations.
They're used on the job—the ability to find, evaluate, use and share information is an
essential skill. Consumer decisions, such as which car or vacuum cleaner to purchase,
are critical. You'll also use these skills by participating fully in a democratic society as an informed citizen by
understanding issues and voting.