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Information Literacy Instruction Guide

A guide outlining what information literacy is, why it is important, and the topics covered in our instruction program.

What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy forms the basis for what we most often describe as "library instruction." It is a set of abilities that enable individuals to evaluate and choose information critically from a range of sources, use information effectively and ethically, and create new knowledge in given information environments--both academic and personal. In today's world these skills are more essential than ever, and will prove invaluable to NorQuest students as they pursue their careers. 

Information literacy is fundamental to lifelong learning. As stated in the Alexandria Proclamation,

"It empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational, and educational goals. It is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion of all nations" (UNESCO, 2005). 

The Association of College & Research Libraries' Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education defines information literacy as:

"...the 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" (ACRL, 2015).

Why is library instruction important?



In addition, information literacy skills have been shown to improve academic success. With instruction, students can learn how to better navigate their information environments and be discerning in their information choices. They can learn how to locate and use information more effectively for a specific purpose such as writing a report or a research paper, and more clearly understand challenging concepts such as copyright and citation. Information literacy is a valuable academic and workplace skill.