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ILO 2: Information Literacy and Assessment: Define Information Literacy

What is Information Literacy?

Institutional Learning Outcomes #2 Definition

The ability to responsibly, appropriately, and effectively access, manage, integrate, evaluate, create, and use general or discipline-specific technologies and/or library and media sources.

Outcomes: Students will:

  • Access, manage and integrate information effectively and efficiently
  • Critically evaluate the sources and content of the information for authority and accuracy
  • Create, produce, and/or use general or discipline-specific technologies and/or library and media sources
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, and social issues surrounding the use of communication and information technology

From Lincoln University's Institutional Learning Outcomes - Accessed October 2020

Technical Definition

"The set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information. Information literacy is more closely tied to course-integrated instruction but it extends far beyond coordination between the reference librarian and the individual faculty member. Even a cursory review of the Information Literacy Competency Standards (link) will show that there is much more to information literacy competence than library-related research. Students must demonstrate competencies in formulating research questions and in their ability to use information as well as an understanding of ethical and legal issues surrounding information. This requires a campus culture of collaboration and focus on student learning."

From the Association of College and Research Libraries- Glossary Accessed October 2020