Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Information Literacy: About Information Literacy

Framework Links

What is Information Literacy?

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).

How to embed a Librarian in your class.

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.

About New Literacies Alliance

New Literacies Alliance

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.

Research Assistance

For General Information & Reference Questions: (940) 397-4758 or email library@msutexas.edu


Research Appointments at Moffett Library

Looking for in-depth reference assistance? Interested in learning more about the library's resources? Having trouble researching a topic for a paper or project? Book an appointment, as an individual or a group, for research help from a librarian.

Schedule a Research Appointment


Walk-In Help

In search of a quick answer or no time to make an appointment? Stop by our Reference Desk.

View Moffett Library's Hours to see when we are open, or chat with us: