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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: Definitions and Models


Information Literacy Defined (ACRL)

Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
efinition of Information Literacy


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.


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.

Networking and LILAC

Coming to LILAC 2012? Want to find out who’s attending and what their information literacy interests are? You can follow us on twitter: @LILAC_2012, follow conversations about LILAC by searching for #lilac12 or you can become a member of our online LILAC community. The LILAC community has been created to give LILAC delegates an online space to network. Visit:


The Information Literacy Place

The Information Literacy Place

Copyright Sheila Webber and Bill Johnston, & Universities of Sheffield & Strathclyde


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."



National Forum on Information Literacy

-----Original Message-----
From: Weiner, Sharon A []
Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 8:48 AM
Subject: [ili-l] New York State Information Literacy Proclamation


Dear Colleagues,


The National Forum on Information Literacy is leading an effort to encourage all states and U.S. territories to submit requests to their governors’ offices to proclaim October as Information Literacy Month (   

We are excited to announce that New York State is the second state to accomplish this (after Massachusetts)! 

Trudi Jacobson (U. Albany) led the initiative, with the critical assistance of the President-Elect of the New York Library Association (NYLA), Carol Anne Germain. They worked with Mark McBride (Buffalo State College); Jenna Hecker (U. Albany); Michael Daly (Fulton-Montgomery Community College);  Mark Lasek (Bryant and Stratton); Kim Davies Hoffman (SUNY Geneseo); Michael Borges (NYLA Government Relations Consultant);  and MaryAnne Waltz (NYLA).  

Congratulations, New York State! 

Sharon Weiner

Vice-President, National Forum on Information Literacy

Sharon Weiner, EdD, MLS

Professor of Library Science and W. Wayne Booker Chair in Information Literacy Purdue University Libraries


For an archive of past messages from the ILI listserv, visit:



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 Defined (Okanagan College)

Definition of Information Literacy defined by the Information Literacy Working Group at Okanagan College. 
Fall, 2009.   

Information literacy is the ability to “recognize when information is needed and to locate, evaluate and effectively use information” (American Library Association) which is crucial to excellent research. 

The above definition conforms to the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education definition of information literacy

Information literacy is the ability to:

  • recognize a need for information
  • locate the information needed 
  • evaluate the information needed 
  • effectively use the information
    (synthesizing, organizing, applying relevant information)


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


Information Literacy programs, initiatives, collaborations

California State University.
   Information Literacy

Colorado Department of Education. 
   Standards for Information Literacy

Kent State University. 
   Transitioning To College  
This set of five modules from Kent State University provides useful information about the differences between high school and college libraries as well as what to expect when doing college research.

Oregon State. 
   Undergraduate Information Literacy Competencies

   Information Literacy

University of Connecticut.
   Libraries: Instruction  
   Information Literacy Competencies

University of Washington.

   Project Information Literacy (PIL)
PIL is a National Research Study by the
Information School, University of Washington. This project aims at furthering the study of Information Literacy. PIL Progress Report is released, with the title "Finding Context: What Today's College Students Say about Conducting Research in the Digital Age". 

Wactburg College. 
   Vogel Library Information Literacy

Wisconsin University.
   Library and Information Literacy Strategies

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