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Course Design Institute (CDI) - Library Instructional Materials and Resources

Information Literacy?

What is Information Literacy?

You are probably teaching information literacy without even knowing it. The American Library Association defines information literacy: 

"To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information...Ultimately, information literate people are those who have learned how to learn. They know how to learn because they know how knowledge is organized, how to find information, and how to use information in such a way that others can learn from them. They are people prepared for lifelong learning, because they can always find the information needed for any task or decision at hand."

Information Literacy in Higher Education

The Association of College and Research Libraries has developed a framework to help get a better understanding of how information literacy fits in higher education.  Take a look and see how this framework might fit into your instruction.

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education 

Faculty and Librarians


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Information Literacy

Videos, tutorials and handouts to help you find, evaluate and use information resources.

Online Tutorials