The Importance of Information Literacy
by Linda Cornwell
Information literacy is the ability to access, evaluate, and use information from a variety of sources. It is the foundational skill for life-long learning and the "survival" skill for the 21st century, where rich information environments and job requirements require adults to read for information.
A individual who is information literate can...
- identify the need for information.
- access information effectively and efficiently by:
- activating prior knowledge about the topic,
- framing appropriate questions to guide the search for information,
- determining research strategies, and
- identifying and evaluating potential information resources.
- evaluate information critically and completely in terms of:
- point of view, and
- organize and process information effectively by:
- connecting to prior knowledge,
- integrating and synthesizing information from a variety of sources,
- making inferences, and
- applying information effectively and creatively to solve-problems and/or create new products.
Thus an individual who is information literate is...
- an organized investigator.
- a critical thinker.
- a creative thinker.
- an effective communicator.
- a responsible user of information.
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