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Information Literacy

What is Information Literacy?

It is, according to the Association of College and Research Libraries & the American Library Association:

"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.

Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning."

To learn more, please visit the following links:

National Forum on Information Literacy 

Association of College and Research Libraries

Information literacy and the Workforce: A Review by Sharon Weiner

See examples of how Washburn University teaches Information Literacy in WU 101:

Research Guide: Evaluating Sources 

Learning to Use the Mabee Library Resources

Information Literacy Value Rubric

Learning Outcomes, Objectives, and Assessment 

Information Literacy Libguide

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