Information is all around you, whether it is on the back of a soup can or in a textbook.
What is information literacy?
Information literacy is the ability:
1 - to recognize when information is needed.
2 - to locate the needed information.
3 - to evaluate the needed information.
Why is information literacy important?
Information is available from a vast array of resources. Some of these are:
1 - people (teacher, bosses, family)
2 - Internet (e-mail, websites, databases)
3 - audiovisual media (TV, radio, videos)
4 - print media (books, periodicals, dictionaries)
With all these choices, it is important to find the best sources for the information you need.
How is information literacy used for lifelong learning?
Information literacy is used:
1 - to accomplish a goal.
2 - to learn a new skill.
3 - to share with others.
An information literate person knows...
How to find information -
When you can find the best source, you will find reliable information more quickly and efficiently.
How to evaluate information -
When you know how to evaluate information, you can eliminate incorrect information and focus on the best material for your needs.
How to use information -
When you know how to use information correctly, it will save time and effort.
Content by Victoria West-Pawl and Tracy Ruppman