Simply put, Information Literacy is "learning how to learn." It is a set of abilities that requires individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." More specifically, it enables students to:
Determine the extent of information needed
Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
Evaluate information and its sources critically
Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally
In supporting the goals of the University and the Libraries Deanship, the Libraries’ Information Literacy Program is committed to working collaboratively with University faculty to instruct students in Information Literacy instruction.
We at the Libraries Deanship believe that Information Literacy is a vital component in developing information literate students. It is crucial for University students to be able to use and critically evaluate information, whether now as students, or later as employees and participating members of society. Information Literacy is at the core of lifelong learning.