Information literacy is the skills set required to make good use of library and other information sources.
An information literate person is able to:
recognise when information is needed
find and evaluate the information they need
use that information effectively and appropriately
Ultimately the information literate person has learned how to learn.
Information literacy is not just library skills and it is not just a library responsibility – it is everyone’s responsibility. It also covers IT, research, critical thinking, communication and lifelong learning skills. These are all essential for successful university and career outcomes.
Why is information literacy important to JCU?
Information learning and literacy is one of the seven JCU Graduate Attributes which are required to be developed in every degree course. It is defined as:
The ability to find and access information using appropriate media and technologies
The ability to evaluate that information
An understanding of the economic, legal, ethical, social and cultural issues involved in the use of information
The ability to select and organise information and to communicate it accurately, cogently, coherently, creatively and ethically
How the Library can help
The Library employs a graduated or tiered approach to teaching information literacy in JCU. The Library will:
Provide generic, self-directed learning opportunities at the point of need (supplemental)
Offer discipline specific classroom instruction at various levels (integrated)
Work with academic and other staff to create customisable information literacy rich teaching modules (embedded)
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