What Is Information Literacy?
Information literacy is the set of critical thinking skills necessary to locate and use information effectively.
Information literacy means knowing when you need information, knowing where to look for it, how to find it, and how to evaluate it.
Information literacy skills are required not only for class assignments but also for lifelong learning, which goes far beyond the classroom. Information literacy skills are not learned in one class session but are cumulative and are refined through practice. To learn more about information literacy, see the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.
Information Literacy Student Learning Outcomes
1. Students will be able to define an information need in order to construct an effective research strategy.
2. Students will be able to construct an effective research strategy in order to identify a variety of relevant information sources.
3. Students will be able to identify and select relevant information sources in order to analyze and interpret the information.
4. Students will be able to analyze and interpret information in order to evaluate, synthesize and draw conclusions.
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Information Literacy Program Mission
UK Libraries Information Literacy program supports the University’s mission to facilitate learning and expand knowledge by preparing students to think critically and effectively find and use information in their academic, professional and personal lives.