The Information Literacy Committee at Adrian College is
working to promote concepts of information literacy on campus and to integrate
information literacy skills development into the College curriculum.
What Is Information Literacy?
Information Literacy is the ability to identify what information
is needed, understand how the information is organized, identify the best
sources of information for a given need, locate those sources, evaluate
the sources critically, and share that information. It is the knowledge
of commonly used research techniques.
Why Is Information Literacy Important?
Information literacy is critically important because we
are surrounded by a growing ocean of information in all formats. Not all
information is created equal: some is authoritative, current, reliable,
but some is biased, out of date, misleading, false. The amount of information
available is going to keep increasing. The types of technology used to access,
manipulate, and create information will likewise expand.
How Will I Use Information Literacy Skills?
Information literacy skills are used for academic purposes,
such as research papers and group presentations. They're used on the job—the
ability to find, evaluate, use and share information is an essential skill.
Consumer decisions, such as which car or vacuum cleaner to purchase, are
critical. You'll also use these skills by participating fully in a democratic
society as an informed citizen by understanding issues and voting.
Stakeholders @ Adrian College
literacy presents a way to improve academic integrity and the quality
of student writing and research.
- Administrators: Information
literacy instruction presents a way to improve first-year student success
and increase retention.
- Students: Information
literacy instruction provides tools for success in undergraduate programs,
graduate programs, and careers.
Standards and Research