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Definition of Information Literacy

Information Literacy:

The National Forum on Information Literacy defines information literacy as an individual's ability to know when they need information, to identify information that can help them address the issue or problem at hand, and to locate, evaluate, and use that information effectively.


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Framework for Information Literacy



Association of College & Research Libraries

The Framework for Information Literacy is organized into six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions.  the six concepts that anchor the frames are (alphabetically):

  1. Authority is Constructed and Contextual
    Information resources reflect their creators' expertise and credibility, and are evaluated based on the information need adn the context in which the information will be used.

  2. Information Creation as a Process
    Information in any format is produced to convey a message and is shared via a selected delivery method.

  3. Information has Value
    Information possesses several dimensions of value, including as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world.

  4. Research as Inquiry
    Research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers in turn develop additional questions or lines of inquiry in any field.

  5. Scholarship as Conversation
    Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.

  6. Searching as Strategic Exploration
    Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops.

This information was taken from the ACRL Website.