Information Literacy


INFORMATION LITERACY MODULE OF CORE 101


Welcome to the "Information Literacy Web Pages." This set of electronic resources is a component of the course CORE 101.

In common with the other segments of this class, the information literacy module will focus on approaches and techniques that facilitate effective learning. The material covered in this part of the course expands and replaces the "Library Instruction" component of the old Freshman Seminar.

The new module represents an effort to assist students to develop the skills necessary to take advantage not just of library materials, but also of a vast and global assortment of information sources, tools, and processes. With those competencies they will be able to retrive and use information effectively in a wide variety of formats and locations.

What is information literacy?

Information literacy is an expression that describes the range of skills required for effective handling of information. Those include the ability to locate, evaluate, manage and use information from a range of sources for problem solving, decision making and research.

As our society changes, moving from an industrial age to post-industrial or information age, so do the needs related to information. At the present time most jobs, careers, and business activities require the ability to retrieve, manage and apply vast amounts of information. This is more than the capability to handle a computer. The information literacy required by today's job market place involves the capacity to retrieve in a timely manner the best possible information for use in a vast array of situations.

Information literacy, therefore, is much broader than computer literacy. It involves the ability to use modern technology and traditional tools to find and use information effectively. It empowers people to benefit fully from the information age and prepares them for lifelong learning. In today's world, information literacy is no longer an optional competence. It is a survival skill.

What is an information literate person?

An information literate person is someone who has the following skills:

Outline of the Information Literacy Modules

MODULE I: UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD OF INFORMATION

MODULE II: DEVELOPING INFORMATION RETRIEVAL SKILLS

MODULE III: EVALUATING AND USING INFORMATION EFFECTIVELY


Summary: What is an information literate person?

The American Library Association defined an information literate population as "people who have learned how to learn. They know how to learn because they know how knowledge is organized, how to find information, and how to use information in such a way that others can learn from them. They are people prepared for lifelong learning, because they can always find the information needed for any task or decision at hand." American Library Association. ALA's Presidential committee on Information Literacy Final Report. Chicago, A.L.A., 1989. p.7.

Assignment:

If you have any questions about the assignment or about the information literacy component of CORE 101, please send Email to your information literacy instructor. He or she will be one of the following: Gilbert Abella, Chris Cicchetti, Maynard Lowry, or Jamie Walker.


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