What is information literacy? Why is it important enough to have an entire class dedicated to it?
Information literacy is defined as: "the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning" (ACRL 2015). So what does that mean for you?
This means it's a set of skills that you will be using not only for INFO 2010, but for the rest of your college experience and even the rest of your life.
Anytime you Google something, you are using information. Browsing social media and deciding if a post is worth reading or sharing is information literacy. Anytime you use a book or article as evidence for a paper, you are using information. Information literacy is knowing how and when to use what information to the best possible capacity.
Information literacy includes:
The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) considers information literacy to be a basic human right. In light of this, it should not be surprising that information literacy is one of the essential learning outcomes of SUU.
Information literate people are prepared to use information to solve problems in different situations, such as:
Librarians think a lot about how to help students learn and practice information literacy. INFO 2010 is a course created and taught by librarians. As a student, you can benefit not only from getting help from librarians, but also by learning to think of information the way they do. For this reason, you should familiarize yourself with information literacy from a librarian's perspective.
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) introduced the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education early in 2016. Often referred to by librarians simply as "the Framework," this document outlines six "frames" that help us think about different aspects of information literacy. The six information literacy frames will inform what you learn in INFO 2010, so let's look at ACRL's descriptions of each here. You can follow the links for the different frames for more information.
The six frames are:
You don't have to be a librarian to appreciate the benefits of thinking of information literacy in terms of the Framework. You will find references to and applications of the Framework throughout INFO 2010, which will not only help you think a little bit more like a librarian, but will help you navigate the complexities of research in your major, a career in your discipline, and even your personal life.
"Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education", American Library Association, February 9, 2015.
http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework (Accessed August 17, 2021)