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ACRL Information Literacy Core Competencies

  1. The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.
  2. The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.
  3. The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his/her knowledge base and value system.
  4. The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.
  5. The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.

SCONUL 7 Pillars

1. Identify : able to identify a personal need for information

2. Scope: can assess current knowledge and identify gaps

3. Plan : can construct strategies for locating information and data

4. Gather : can locate and access the information and data they need

5. Evaluate : can review the research process and compare and evaluate information and data

6. Manage : can organise information professionally and ethically

7. Present : can apply the knowledge gained: presenting the results of their research, synthesising new and old information and data to create new knowledge and disseminating it in a variety of ways

Our Program

The Jarrett Library Information Literacy Program strives to provide students with the knowledge and skills to be active participants in the information driven society of the 21st century.

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."

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. As librarian and author William Badke puts it, "...information handling is the foundation of any form of study you can imagine."

ACRL | Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education." American Library Association, 18 Jan. 2000. Web. 12 July 2011.

Badke, William | (2012). Teaching research processes: The faculty role in the development of skilled student researchers. Witney, UK: Chandos Publishing.


The Information R/evolution

Wesch, M. (Producer). (2007). Information Revolution [video]. Retrieved July 12, 2011 from

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