Information literacy is an intellectual framework for identifying, finding, understanding, evaluating and using information. It includes:
(Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 2002 Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education)
Information literacy is vital to all disciplines and to effective teaching and learning in any institution.
Institutions of higher education need to provide students and instructors with the knowledge, skills, and tools to obtain information in many formats and media in order to identify, retrieve, and apply relevant and valid knowledge and information resources to their study, teaching, or research.
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association, has developed the following standards for information literacy:
For more information, please take a look at the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.