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(Toupes, 2010)

What is Information Literacy?


Information literacy refers to the level of competency someone has in finding information.

To be information literate you should be able to….

  1. Find information
  2. Evaluate the information you find
  3. Use the information in your work legally


Why is Information Literacy Important?


  1. The definition of an information literate person extends beyond school and application to academic problems--such as writing a research paper--and reaches right into the workplace. Information literacy is also important to effective and enlightened citizenry, and has implications that can impact the lives of many people around the globe.
  1. We live in the Information Age, and "information" is increasing at a rapid pace. We have the Internet, television, radio, and other information resources available to us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, just because so much information is so easily and quickly available does not mean that all of it is worthwhile or even true. 
  1. Because of resources like the Internet, finding high-quality information is now harder than ever, not easier!  Finding the good stuff is not always quick!  And the good stuff does not always come cheaply, either!
  1. Today's employers are looking for people who understand and can adapt to the characteristics of the Information Age. If a student has "learned how to learn," upon graduation, they are a much more attractive job candidate. An information literate individual--with their strong analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills--can be expected to be an adaptable, capable and valuable  employee, with much to contribute.                                                           

(Shane, 2011)



Shane, J. (2011). Why is information literacy important. Retrieved from The Information Literacy Project

          @ Philadelphia University,

Toups, D. (2010, September 1). Research guides: Information literacy certificate program: Home -

          schedule of classes. Retrieved from Tahita Fulkerson Library,



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