Information literacy/competency “is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning” (ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education). Information literacy is increasingly important in the contemporary environment of rapid technological change, proliferating information resources, preponderance of unreliable information, and “the diminishing role of facts and data in American public life” (RAND Corporation Truth Decay Project). It requires critical thinking, forms the basis for lifelong learning, and is common to all disciplines and learning environments. Information literacy encompasses “interconnected core concepts” (ACRL Framework) related to: how information is created; what determines authority and credibility; how power influences information; how information is valued and ethically used; the nature of the research process; how information is organized; the strategic searching for information; and the process of scholarly communication. Information literate/competent students:
For more information about information literacy, including the complete SBCC Luria Library Program Student Learning Outcomes and how they map to SBCC Institutional Learning Outcomes, see the Student Learning Outcomes page of this guide.