What is Information Literacy?

What is Information Literacy?

What is Information Literacy?

"Information Literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."

Learn more from the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL).

Why does Information Literacy matter?

At a time when information surrounds us, being information literate is critical to students' academic and professional success. Additionally, information literacy is required for accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).  

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  • Do your students have trouble with critical thinking skills?
  • Do you see a high rate of plagiarism?
  • Are students using questionable sources for their papers?

Let us help! We can help you incorporate information literacy components into assignments. Assignments that incorporate information literacy components help students use critical thinking skills and are not easily plagiarized.

Examples of Disciplines that have incorporated Information Literacy into their assignments

Below are samples of how a Librarian and faculty collaborated to incorporate library skills into course assignments using iLearn. These worksheets were posted to the iLearn course by the Librarian and used in conjunction with a course-related library instruction session.

These were CHASS Connect courses. 

To learn more please contact Judy Lee, Rivera Library, at 827-5486 or

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