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Information & Media Literacy

Information literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create information. The variety and complexity of communication we receive from television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, video games, music, and other media formats can be overwhelming.

Becoming information/media literate helps to understand the messages and clear out some of the ensuing confusion.

What is Media Literacy? from Simone Wagner on Vimeo.

The Association of College and Research Libraries' Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
 
  • 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