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Transformational Learning Abilities

Information Literacy

Operational Definition

A set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. Forms the basis for lifelong learning (ALA, 2000).

Information competent students are able:

  • To recognize the need for information for their scholarly and practical pursuits.
  • To articulate and focus information needs.
  • To select and access information from appropriate sources.
  • To use a variety of information technologies to acquire information.
  • To critically analyze and evaluate information gathered.
  • To organize and process information in a form that is useful in acquiring knowledge and making decisions.
  • To apply information for effective and creative decision making.
  • To generate and effectively communicate information and knowledge.
  • To understand and respect the ethical, legal, and socio-political issues surrounding the use and dissemination of information.

For additional information, please refer to the University Library Information Literacy website.

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