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.
The information literate student . . .
- determines the nature and extent of the information needed (Standard1)
- accesses needed information effectively and efficiently (Standard 2),
- evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system (Standard 3),
- individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose (Standard 4), and
- understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally (Standard 5).
From the Assocation of College & Research Libraries