At Greensboro College, we talk a lot about information literacy. (Information literacy is a part of the college's quality enhancement plan. I'm coming to your class 5 times during one semester to do information literacy mini-workshops!) What is it and why is it so important?
According to the Association of College & Research Libraries, "information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning." But what does that even mean?
Basically, information literacy is a set of skills that allow you to seek out and use information. We live in an information-heavy world, so it's useful to be able to find and use information effectively. Especially as a college student, you need to be able to find and utilize reliable information to help you do whatever you need to get done.
The mini-workshops and this guide are tools to help you develop your information literacy skills!