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Library Resources for Faculty: Information Literacy

An overview of library resources pertinent to Norfolk State University faculty.

Information Literacy

The American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information Literacy has defined this concept as the abillity to recognize an information need, and to locate, evaluate, and use information effectively to meet that need.

An information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one's knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use of information ethically and legally

For more information on Information Literacy, and to see a list of competencies and skills that our library instructors seek to provide, see the Information Literacy Competency Standards (Association of College and Research Libraries.)

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education

The Information Literacy Competency Standards were published in 2000, and they are currently in a revision process. To read about an entirely new approach to information literacy, read the introduction to the new frameworks document:

 Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education   

 The changes in higher education demand new engagement with the concept of information literacy. This Introduction explores the reasons for the dramatic shift from standards to a  framework; discusses the key elements upon which the new Framework rests, threshold concepts and meta literacy; and includes the components of the Framework that help to move it from a conceptual rendering to a full-fledged, living entity upon which to develop collaborative programs suitable for unique situations. The concluding section acknowledges the stakeholders and community who are engaged in this conversation. 








Discipline Specific Information Literacy

Information Literacy by Discipline:  Instruction Section


This page contains links and citations to information literacy standards and curricula developed by accrediting agencies, professional associations, and institutions of higher education. The discipline titles below are based on the National Center for Education Statistic's The Classification of Instructional Programs: 2000 Edition.

The resources listed were identified by contacting accrediting agencies, conducting literature reviews, and searching the web. Suggestions for additional materials that meet the "criteria" for inclusion are welcome. The web site and criteria will be revised and updated by the "Information Literacy in the Disciplines Committee". Questions should be directed to the Chair of the Committee.

Arts and Humanities

Drama/Theater Arts
English Language & Literature
Foreign Languages & ESL
Film/Cinema Studies
Religion/Religious Studies
Rhetoric & Composition Studies

Cultural Studies

African-American/Black Studies
African Studies
Asian Studies
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
Latin American Studies
Women's & Gender Studies

Professional Studies

Library Science
Physical Education & Health
Public Health
Social Work

Science & Engineering

Environmental Studies

Social Sciences

Communication & Journalism
Global/International Studies
Political Science & Government

Other Standards & Resources

Regional Accreditation Standards
Criteria for Inclusion