Information Literacy - Resources

  • To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. Producing such a citizenry will require that schools and colleges appreciate and integrate the concept of information literacy into their learning programs and that they play a leadership role in equipping individuals and institutions to take advantage of the opportunities inherent within the information society.
  • Ultimately, information literate people are those who have learned how to learn. They know how to learn because they know how knowledge is organized, how to find information, and how to use information in such a way that others can learn from them. They are people prepared for lifelong learning, because they can always find the information needed for any task or decision at hand.

    Source: American Library Association: Presidential Committee on Information Literacy [1989, Washington, D.C.]

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    Mike Eisenberg teaches UW's doctors of data overload how to recognize what's valuable Seattle Times, April 09, 2000 by Sherry Stripling

    ... meet Mike Eisenberg, an energetic New York native who directs the University of Washington's new Information School as if he hopes to take it to the Super Bowl. Eisenberg paces as he talks. He punches the air with his finger and peppers his speech with words such as "Right?" and "OK?" Librarians are the original information specialists, he tells them, OK? Northwest librarians are in the center of the information universe, right?

    UW experts' tips for working efficiently with information [Seattle Times, April 9, 2000]


    Integrating information literacy into the curriculum How is your library measuring up? by Cerise Oberman, Bonnie Gratch Lindauer, and Betsy Wilson

    Integrating Information Literacy into the Curriculum," was the subject of a recent panel presentation at the American Association of Higher Education (AAHE) on March 24, 1998, in Atlanta, Georgia. This panel presentation, moderated by Althea Jenkins, ACRL executive director, was geared toward educational administrators, including presidents, provosts, and academic vice-presidents. As such, a unique instrument for this panel presentation was developed by Cerise Oberman (Plattsburgh State University of New York) and Betsy Wilson (University of Washington) to assist the audience in evaluating their own institutional information literacy readiness: the Information Literacy IQ test.

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