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Information Literacy Resources from ACRL

The American Library Association has defined information literacy as the ability to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."
American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final Report. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1989.) 

For a comprehensive, in-depth description of those skills as defined by the American Association of College and Research Libraries, see the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. 

See also these additional resources:


Information Literacy and the Disciplines

The ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards applied to particular disciplines:


Smith College has developed information literacy programs for each departmental major, addressing the general question of "What should sociology majors know" etc.,  including a general description of the discipline and is methodologies, types of sources with which students should be familiar, skills they should develop and the courses that cover them:

Information Literacy: Smith's Program. Smith College Libraries



Sociology and Anthropology

Political Science

Science and Technology

Literatures in English

Information Literacy in the disciplines (links to resources on information literacy in a wide variety of disciplines)


The Degree Qualifications Profile


Middle States and Information Literacy


According to Middle States: "Information literacy frequently is introduced to students when they are expected to access and evaluate sources available in or through a library. However, it also extends to the essential tasks of analyzing the content of the material, creating new knowledge, and using that knowledge to produce a product, performance, or other activity. For these reasons, information literacy applies to anyone learning anything, anywhere, and at any time. In other words, in any learning endeavor, the student invokes some aspect(s) of the information literacy process, although the particular skills involved may not be well-honed or even recognized as part of a larger, coherent, and iterative process. In this sense, information literacy could be considered as a metaphor for the entire learning experience." pg. 2 in Developing Research and Communication Skills: Guidelines for Information Literacy in the Curriculum, 2003.


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