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Information Literacy: About This Guide

A guide on information literacy for faculty, students, and staff..

About Information Literacy

Information literacy is a process, a library instruction session is but one step.

Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning.

An information literate individual is able to:
  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and access and use information ethically and legally

For more on Information Literacy and how educators can incorporate competency standards into their courses and assignments, please visit this link.

IL in ANY Classroom

Information literacy is one of the six competencies outlined by the Broward College General Education Task Force that establishes "a foundation of the learning outcomes in our courses." 

Information literacy is a cross-curricular, interdisciplinary set of skills that can be easily woven into the fabric of all courses. Incorporating exercises into your existing course outlines can be seamless. Short activities that challenge students to evaluate sources - including Internet sources - using critical thinking skills and essential evaluation criteria:

  • Are student-centered
  • Will engage students in the learning 
  • Can be reused, recycled, replicated, and adapted to meet any needs
  • Set your expectations for student research and scholarship
  • Challenge students to think reflectively, metacognitively, and verbalize their process

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