What is all this talk about information literacy? In 2000, The Association of College & Research Libraries’ Standards Committee approved the ‘Information Literacy Competencies’ which are a set of competency standards concerning the ability to locate and retrieve, evaluate, and use information effectively. Specifically, the standards state that an information literate individual is able to:
It is important to note that the ACRL competencies state that these skills form the basis for lifelong learning and is common to all disciplines, learning environments, and all levels of education. Therefore, it is imperative that all educators, not just librarians, reflect on these competencies and begin exploring how to teach them – and the Information Resources unit will be glad to assist you with this!