All forms of Library instruction services are undergirded by a concept & philosophy of information literacy, which can be defined as follows:(1)
- Knowledge of information sources & how information is organized and disseminated;
Ability to recognize when & how much information is needed in any situation; and
- Ability to locate, obtain, evaluate, & use information effectively.
Information literacy is reflective of Ohio Dominican University's mission to "contemplate truth and to share with others the fruits of this contemplation" & its commitment to lifelong learning.
Information literacy emphasizes the acquisition, evaluation, & synthesis of information necessary for proper reflection of self, the common good, justice, and truth--the four cornerstones of the ODU Core Curriculum.
Information literacy is a combination of knowledge and a set of skills that forms the basis for high-quality research and life-long learning, as reflected in the new definition set forth in the Framework for Information Literacy for higher Education: (2)
- "reflective discovery of information"
- "understanding of how information is produced and valued"
- "use of information in creating new knowledge"
- "participating ethically in communities of learning"
Information literacy is a prerequisite for learning to:(3)
- Know & understand;
- Act upon knowledge gained;
- Live within the social, political, & cultural spheres of this world.
Information literacy incorporates, not surprisingly, a thorough understanding of libraries, the resources they provide, & common search strategies.(4)
More information is available through ACRL.
1. Reitz, Jones M. Dictionary for Library and Information Science. Libraries Unlimited, 2004. ODLIS - Online Dictionary for Library and Information Science. 2004. 10 May 2006. http://www.abc-clio.com/ODLIS/odlis_about.aspx
2. Association of College & Research Libraries. Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. Adopted by the ACRL Board, January 11, 2016. 12 February 2016. http://www.ala.org/acrl/sites/ala.org.acrl/files/content/issues/infolit/Framework_ILHE.pdf
3. Delors, J. Learning, The Treasure Within. Report to UNESCO of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-first Century. Paris: UNESCO Publishing, 1996. Cited in Bruce, Christine Susan. "Information Literacy as a Catalyst for Educational Change: A Background Paper." July 2002. White paper prepared for UNESCO and the National Forum on Information Literacy, for use at the Information Literacy Meeting of Experts, Prague, The Czech Republic. 10 May 2006.http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0010/001095/109590eo.pdf4
4. Association of College & Research Libraries. Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. 10 November 2008.http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency.cfm.