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:
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.)
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:
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.
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
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies
Hispanic-American, Puerto Rican and Mexican-American/Chicano Studies
Latin American Studies
Women's & Gender Studies
Science & Engineering
Other Standards & Resources