What is information literacy?

Information is everywhere – especially on the internet. Whether you are a student conducting research or an individual casually participating in social media, it is essential to develop the skills to make sense of what it is we are reading, saying, and sharing on the web. Literacy in the information age is not only a matter of reading competency, but of investigative and evaluative competency as well. Beyond simply finding relevant information (a challenge in and of itself), one must also be able to determine whether that information is credible – accurate and truthful – and how best to use or share that information to achieve a desired goal. In short, we need to be able to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively. In this blog, I hope to explore what this means, and in doing so to discover and share ways in which we can become more “information literate.”

According to the American Library Association, information literacy involves

  • knowing when they have a need for information
  • identifying information needed to address a given problem or issue
  • finding needed information and evaluating the information
  • organizing the information
  • using the information effectively to address the problem or issue at hand.

(Read more here).

What would you add (or take away) from this definition?


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