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What is Information Literacy?

"Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information."

American Library Association

So, breaking that down, let's start with information. What is information?

Information is not the form it is presented in, there are many ways to express the same idea, present data or communicate a concept. Information is the message.

Information Literacy teaches students:

  • To know when they need information, when they are lacking the critical message
  • To find relevant messages in many formats, and determine which format will address their information need best
  • To evaluate the message, by critically responding to the information
  • To create a new message, by incorporating the information with their own thoughts

Library Instruction, Old and New

Many ask what is different about Information Literacy; what differentiates it from Bibliographic Instruction?

Bibliographic Instruction (Old) Information Literacy (New)
  • Librarian-controlled
  • External to the curriculum
  • Isolated learning episodes
  • Focuses on specific tools with limited transferable skills
  • Skill-based assessment
  • Library specific
  • Collaborative responsibility
  • Integral to the curriculum
  • Learning opportunities throughout assignments and curriculum
  • Focuses on overarching concepts and cricitcal thinking
  • Competencies and standards based assessment
  • Information, rather than library or source specific

Information Literacy Coordinator

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Tracy Joyce
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Wadsworth Library
Mount Ida College
777 Dedham St.
Newton, MA 02459
phone: (617) 928-4691
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