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Information Literacy: Information Literacy

What is Information Literacy?

The new definition of information literacy as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) 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."  (2015).

The ACRL, a division of the American Library Association, revised their conception of information literacy in 2015 including its definition and competency standards.The old ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards are now more loosely defined than in the past and are referred to as the New Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.  "At the heart of this Framework are conceptual understandings that organize many other concepts and ideas about information, research, and scholarship into a coherent whole."

Information Literacy is...

  Information Literacy is ... "the adoption of appropriate information behaviour to identify, through whatever channel or medium, information well fitted to information needs, leading to wise and ethical use of information in society." (Webber and Johnston)

Information Literacy Weblog

LILAC What is Information Literacy?

What is Information Literacy?

LILAC defines information literacy as the ability to find, use, evaluate and communicate information. We see it as the cornerstone of learning and an essential skill in this digital age and era of life-long learning. Media coverage of reports such as the Google Generation and Digital Britain demonstrate how information literacy skills are increasingly being recognised by those outside the library profession as being essential for all.

Information Literacy Standards

Information Literacy: Standards and Statements

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.  pdf 

AASL/ACRL Task Force on the Educational Role of Libraries Blueprint for Collaboration
Blueprint for Collaboration   

AASL Standards for 21st Century Learning
Standards for the 21st Century Learner
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
American Association of School Librarians Information Power


UNESCO’s definition of information literacy in the Alexandria Proclamation of 2005 “takes a broader view that goes beyond learning, stating that: ‘Information literacy empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals. It is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion in all nations’” (Secker & Coonan, 2011).

Overview of Information literacy resources worldwide.
Forest Woody Horton, Jr.
2013 InfolitResources

Information Literacy is a required component of a 21st century education

Information literacy is recognized by accrediting agencies and educational associations as a required component of a 21st century education.

The BIG 6 and Information Power

THE BIG-6 Website

Information Age Inquiry writes...Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz have been promoting their approaches to information processing for nearly 20 years. The Big6 is an information problem-solving approach developed by Michael B. Eisenberg and Robert E. Berkowitz. It is the most popular model for information skills [for K-12]. It includes the following steps:

Task definition                           Use of information
Information seeking strategies    Synthesis  
Location and access                 Evaluation 

Information Power Website
American Association of School Librarians Information Power

Librarians do GA GA    
"Under the direction of the [University of Washington] library, library and information science grad student Sarah Wachter, staff and students rewrote the lyrics of Lady Gaga's "Poker Face" ... promoting The Big Six, a model for teaching literacy information skills."


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