- 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.
- 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biased, out of date, misleading, false.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.
- 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 is safest or choosing a doctor,
are critical. You'll also use these skills by participating fully in a democratic society as an informed citizen by
understanding issues and voting.