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." - American Library Association, Presidential Committee on Information Literacy
Think of information literacy as a particular kind of critical thinking regarding when to use information and how to determine what information is worthwhile. It combines the ideals of liberal education with the practices in evaluating, using and creating information that build life-long learning and decision-making abilities.
Information Literacy programs have come a long way from the early days of tours of the library, instruction about the card catalog, or 50-minute “one-shot” sessions attempting to teach students everything there is to know about research.
UCM’s Information Literacy Program is different in many ways:
The James C. Kirkpatrick Library collaborates with many entities and programs across campus promoting student learning and supporting teaching and learning. Our partnerships include:
By engaging in our Information Literacy program faculty:
By engaging in information literacy instruction students will: