Achieving the skills necessary to use a library capably is known as information literacy.  Information literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed, access the information efficiently, evaluate the information critically, and use the information effectively.  In addition, the information literate person understands the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information. 

When you develop information literacy skills you will be more successful in your studies.  You will also find that these skills are a vital component of becoming a lifelong learner.

Information literacy skills are important because of today’s information overload.  The exponential increase of online information has made the research process increasingly challenging.  It is not enough for you to be technologically competent.  Computer literacy is not the same as information literacy.  Information literacy goes beyond the skills necessary to use computer databases.  It involves decision-making about the appropriate information sources to use and judgments about the validity and relevancy of information. 

This training in library skills will help you find what you need in the library and on the World Wide Web with more accuracy.  The skills you learn will save you time and help you get better grades. This course will also help you find and critically evaluate the information you need to buy a car, look for a job, or vote on an issue.

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