What is Information Literacy?

"To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." —American Library Association

Information literacy is a broad term that speaks to our ability to find, evaluate, use, and produce information in effective and ethical ways.

Living in an information age makes information literacy an essential and continually developing skill for the 21st century. Many students are unfamiliar with how to effectively use academic research resources to complete papers or other projects; hence, one of the objectives of the libraries' mission is to teach users the skills necessary to identify, select, evaluate, and retrieve information.

This supports the University's mission to "educate students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good."

Through information literacy training, students are introduced to strategies for searching and learn how to critically evaluate the results of their searches. They become proficient in using catalogs, databases, and the Internet, which in turn reduces their library anxiety. In upper division and graduate classes, they also learn about the research process and contemporary scholarly communication.

The libraries' underlying curriculum is the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, developed in 2016 by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL).