Information Literacy is a "set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning". (From the ALA Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report, released January 10, 1989).
The 1989 ALA Presidential Committee on Information Literacy stated that "to be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information" (ACRL STANDARDS: Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education The final version, approved January 2000).
Contact either the Media and Information Literacy Librarian about options for online and in person instruction options that meet your goals and best achieve student success.
The New Literacies Alliance (NLA) is a consortial curricular project led by librarians from K-State and KUMC. Its purpose is to address the new literacies required for academic success and lifelong learning in a cutting edge online learning platform that allows students to master skills at their own pace.
NLA has developed a series of short lessons that cover rudimentary concepts of information literacy and link to the Association of College and Research Libraries Framework for Information Literacy. These lessons use the platform SoftChalk to record students’ scores and can be easily added in your D2L course site.
Although the lessons can be given as stand alone activities, they should be paired with an assignment or research/creative project for best results.