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Library Resources and Services for Faculty: Information Literacy

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

ALA Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education

The American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information Literacy has defined this concept as the ability 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.)

ALA Information Literacy Framework for Higher Education

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.