West Jordan Library

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"Information literacy is conceivably the foundation for learning in our contemporary environment of continuous technological change."

But what is it - define information literate?

"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."

How does one acquire this information literacy?

According to Scott Bennett and William Dittoe (consultants for the 2010 library evaluation and recommendation):

"any effective program of information literacy:
  • It must be institutional based. That is, the program must not depend solely on the initiative of individual faculty but must be rooted in institution-wide curricular planning. Information literacy must be a feature of the learning outcomes set by the university and assessed as part of any measure of instructional success.
  • It requires deeply rooted collaboration among classroom faculty, reference and instructional librarians, instructional and information technologists, and tutoring staff. Absent such collaboration, students will confront fragmented, confused, and ineffective instruction."

Please, consult the sources below for additional information. These sites contain useful Information Literacy facts and knowledge:

ALA, ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education -

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