Information literacy - Definition

Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner.

Information literacy skills

The skills that are required to be information literate call for an understanding of:

  • A need for information.
  • The resources available.
  • How to find information.
  • The need to evaluate results.
  • How to work with or exploit results.
  • Ethics and responsibility of use.
  • How to communicate or share your findings.
  • How to manage your findings.

The definition was approved by CILIP's Council in 2004 and is now under review by the CILIP Information Literacy Group.

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