How do you know if you're information literate?
The official definition of information literacy?
"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." (Information Literacy Standards Step-by-Step, ALA, 2000).
What are the five information literacy standards?
Why is information literacy important?
Who is an information literate person?
Examples of information literate people include:
- a consumer who does in-depth research before making a purchase such as a car or home;
- an individual who does thorough background research before selecting a specialist for a particular illness;
- a family researches local laws to determine whether or not their landlord can legally evict them from their home;
- a scientist conducts a literature search to find out that his/her proposed research project had already been done by another company a year before.
Information Literacy skills apply not only to one's academic studies, but also to:
- career needs and goals;
- personal needs and goals.