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“Information Literacy is defined as the ability to know when there is a need for information, and to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand.” — National Forum on Information Literacy

There is a tendency in the literature on Information Literacy to define the concept too narrowly. Many sources seem to define Information Literacy solely in terms of library research or online research skills. While these skills are important, they are more properly understood as subsets of Library Literacy, not as Information Literacy itself.

Information Literacy is best understood as an umbrella term. It includes skills from many disciplines and unites many aspects of the curriculum. Information Literacy includes: Basic Literacy, Library Literacy, Media Literacy, Technology Literacy (sometimes called ICT Literacy), and Visual Literacy.

"Information Literacy has become a global issue, and many Information Literacy initiatives are being documented throughout the world. Information Literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments and to all levels of education..."
-- Abdelaziz Abid, Senior Programme Specialist, Communications and Information Sector of UNESCO

References
  • Information Power: Building Partnerships for Learning Prepared by the American Association of School Librarians and the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (American Library Association, Chicago, 1998)
  • Information Literacy: Educating Children for the 21st Century by Patricia Senn Breivik and J. A. Senn (National Education Association, Washington, D.C., 1998)
  • Information Literacy: A Primer for Teachers, Librarians and Other Informed People by Brian Ferguson (An online FreEbook, 2005)
  • Information Anxiety 2 by Richard Saul Wurman (Que, Indianapolis, 2001)
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