What is Information Literacy
What is information literacy?
"Information literacy is 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 Competency Standards for Higher Education. American Library Association . 2006."
Information Literacy and UM Library
One of the missions of UM Library is to help our students become information literate. We do this through our LibGuides, library instruction classes and helping students one on one with their research. Most of our LibGuides have information literacy built in, but we're working to provide more in-depth guides. Faculty can check out the Library Instruction tab on this guide to see what kinds of library instruction we offer for them and their students.
But our students are very comfortable with technology and information gathering...
Project Information Literacy is a national study about early adults and their information-seeking behaviors, competencies, and the challenges they face when conducting research in the digital age.
How will today's freshmen make the critical transition from high school to college? Does technological literacy and familiarity with devices equate with information literacy and critical thinking skills required to not only find, but organize and evaluate information available?
Libguides and library instruction are some of the discipline specific tools the library provides to help students begin to filter information and hone critical thinking skillsets.
What about the Library?
Beyond Freshman Year
Based in University of Washington's iSchool, the large-scale research project investigates how early adults on different college campuses conduct research for course work and how they conduct "everyday research" for use in their daily lives...