Information Literacy is a key component of the work we do here at the Jack C. Taylor Library. The Association of College & Research Libraries defines information literacy as a "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" (from the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education).
As members of a shared academic community, each of us serves as active consumers and creators in the evolving information landscape. And with the evolution of information have come changes in our shared responsibilities. From the 2015 Framework:
- Students have a greater role and responsibility in creating new knowledge, in understanding the contours and the changing dynamics of the world of information, and in using information, data, and scholarship ethically.
- Teaching faculty have a greater responsibility in designing curricula and assignments that foster enhanced engagement with the core ideas about information and scholarship within their disciplines.
- Librarians have a greater responsibility in identifying core ideas within their own knowledge domain that can extend learning for students, in creating a new cohesive curriculum for information literacy, and in collaborating more extensively with faculty.
We're here to help you find what you need, evaluate what you find, and determine how to use that information in meaningful and appropriate ways. Learn more about the ACRL Framework is available HERE.