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What is information literacy?

10 October 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Gus MacDonald
What is information literacy?

CILIP's Information Literacy Group has released CILIP Definition of Information Literacy 2018 at the LILAC Conference and reinforces the relevance of information literacy in the current age:

“Information literacy is the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to develop informed views and to engage fully with society.”

A lot has changed since 2004 when the first CILIP definition of information literacy was devised. There is a greater recognition of the value of information professionals as teachers in either formal or informal settings and across the sectors. There has also never been a greater need for people to be information literate, to help them in a wide variety of contexts and the updated definition recognises the value of information literacy in five key contexts:

Everyday – when people find information online

Citizenship – helping people to understand the world around us

Education – developing critical thinking skills at all stages of education, from school to higher education

The workplace - Contributing to employability

Health – finding reliable sources of health information

The report is aimed at the library and information profession and marks the start of a new campaign to equip the profession with the confidence and abilities to develop information literacy in others and to champion the need for information literacy for everyone.

We would also like to encourage non-members to join CILIP and members to join the Information Literacy Group so that you can keep up with developments in the sector.

Update 21 June 2018: Jane Secker's presentation to CILIP's Member Network Forum on the information literacy definition

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Published: 4 April 2018

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