Information Literacy

The ACRL (2000) refers to Information literacy as a lifelong learning process (IFLA, 2006), involving the formal development of six critical stages/skills of a person’s knowledge development.

The following carefully reviewed resources will help you develop your information literacy skill set, from identifying and refining research tasks, to communicating the results effectively and ethically to the desired audience, in the correct format.

Each of the following skills will be increasingly required as information and data become more abundant. As well as attending advertised workshops, and completing information literacy tasks during your coursework, you should consult at least two resources in each “research” area in the following list. You should also make time to consult with the librarian about information literacy skills such as APA citation, checking for plagiarism, etc.

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1. Understand Why Information Literacy is Important

2. Determine Extent of Information Needed

3. Access Information Effectively and Efficiently

4. Critically Evaluate Information

5. Communicate Findings: Citation Tools

6. Understand Copyright, Plagiarism, & Ethical Use

The ITU library works with faculty in the following ways, to help you develop this critical skill set:

National Standards

Librarians and faculty, develop a curriculum that is based on a highly research and regarded national framework and set of information literacy standards and best practices recommended for higher education.

Learning Outcomes

The Information Literacy Value Rubric (AACU 2016) is used by faculty and librarians to make sure that Information literacy objectives are identified, mapped, taught and evaluated within course units as well as through the library, library website and other tools.

Teacher Training & Awareness

Training programs and workshops for faculty about how to teach information literacy skills within their course units, in their proper context, e.g. Teaching Information Literacy Workshop (June 2016) Example: Business Information Resources Workshop

Learning Materials & Resources

The library develops “templates” for lessons that teach the various information literacy skills, e.g. Defining the research question.


Library Website

Staff-reviewed and recommended resources for information literacy (below).


References & Bibliography