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What is Information Literacy

"Information Literacy is 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."

American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy, Final Report. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1989.)

Academic Library Contribution to Student Success

In April 2016, the Association of College & Research Libraries published the results of a study which focused on dozens of library instruction programs and projects. The study shows how the library contributes to student success and learning in four key areas:

  1. Students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework.
  2. Library use increases student success.
  3. Collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance students learning.
  4. Information Literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes.

The full report and executive summary are freely available online at the links below.

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education


Reference the Word Document below detailing the six frames of information literacy.

Project Information Literacy

Project Information Literacy (PIL) is a large-scale, national study about early adults and their research habits, conducted in partnership with the University of Washington's iSchool.

Reference the Word document below detailing the Project Information Literacy study.


Creative Commons License Adapted from Laura Sheets at the Thigpen Library.