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National Information Literacy Awareness Month: Information Literacy

National Information Literacy Awareness Month

October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month.

Information Literacy

Information Literacy Definition and Standards

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).

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