What is Information Literacy/Competency?
Information literacy (or competency) includes
research methods and technological skills. It incorporates standards from
the Association of College and Research Libraries adapted in the year 2000. Information literacy is
most often stated as an institutional goal as set forth by various accrediting
bodies across the United States.
ACRL's Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education:
How is information literacy taught?
Different institutions incorporate information literacy skills into the curriculum in different ways. Some require an online or face-to-face information literacy class as a graduation requirement. Others may tack an information literacy component onto say, an English research class. Still some may come up with certain IL skills and outcomes and try to infuse those skills throughout the curriculum as best as possible or set up online modules or workshops teaching basic information competency skills. Whatever method is used, the goal is always the same: to graduate information literate students.
Net Trail, UC's Santa Cruz's Info Lit Tutorials
Keys to Information Literacy from Maricopa Community
Colleges:(a brief overview with one question for each concept)
Information literacy from Rio Salado College:
List of links regarding website evaluation from the WWW Virtual Library
Example of integrated or infusion model of information literacy from Philadelphia University:
(lists seven IL competencies for first year students and what skills and outcomes are integrated into the college curriculum)