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Information Literacy

This page covers information literacy programs and standards at Goodwin College.

What is information literacy?

What is information literacy?

Information literacy is the increasingly important constellation of skills that enable a student to:

  • Understand their information needs
  • Find appropriate information in an efficient and knowledgeable manner
  • Evaluate the information they find for quality and relevance
  • Use information in a productive and ethical way

Information literacy is a life-long skill. Being an information literate person is vital for success in college, in the workplace, and as a citizen!

Information Literacy Standards

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has defined a set of information literacy threshold concepts that serve as a framework for teaching information literacy skills:

1. Authority is constructed and contextual

2. Information creation as a process

3. Information has value

4. Research as inquiry

5. Scholarship as conversation

6. Searching as strategic exploration

AAC&U Rubric