Information Literacy

There is a plethora of literature supporting information literacy, what it means, its value and parametres within the education system (Herring, 2006, p. 2-3). Defining information literacy is not as easy as it sounds. I was quite overwhelmed after reading through the module readings. According to Herring (2006), although there are a number of different viewpoints on the definition of information literacy it is collectively agreed that information literacy is “important and integral to student learning” (p. 3). For this reason, it is paramount that we ensure we as educators have a solid understanding of what information literacy is. Herring (2006, p. 3) claims that “information literacy is the ability to access, evaluate and use information from a variety of sources, to recognize when information is needed, and to know how to learn.”

 

References

Bundy, A. (ed.) (2004). Australian and New Zealand Information Literacy Framework: principles, standards and practice. 2nd ed. Adelaide: Australian and New Zealand Institute for Information Literacy (ANZIIL) and Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL).

Herring, J. (2006). Progress in developing information literacy in a secondary school using the PLUS model. Retrieved fromhttps://interact2.csu.edu.au/webapps/blackboard/execute/displayLearningUnit?course_id=_14224_1&content_id=_949210_1

Langford. L. (1998). Information Literacy- A Clarification. School Libraries Worldwide. 4. (1), 59-72.

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