The American College and Research Libraries (ACRL) describe Information literacy as the ability of individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”
They exhibit skills such as the ability to:
Determine the extent of information needed
Access needed information effectively and efficiently
Evaluate information and sources critically
Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose or goal
Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information
Access and use information ethically and legally
WWCC's Information Literacy Program Learning Outcomes
Define and discuss questions in order to develop research questions.
Experience information seeking strategies and tools in order to brainstorm processes for meeting one’s own information needs.
Work with a variety of sources and technologies in order to identify and use appropriate resources for information needs.
Critically evaluate a variety of sources in order to use the most valuable information available.
Work alone or in groups effectively to organize information in different forms in order to synthesize findings.
Discuss and practice legal and ethical use of information in order to avoid plagiarism and copyright violation.