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Leslie J. Savage Library: What is Information Literacy?



"Information literacy is 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" (Association of American Colleges & Universities, 2018).

Information Literacy is "the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively and responsibly use and share that information for the problem at hand" (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2018).

"Metaliteracy promotes critical thinking and collaboration in a digital age, providing a comprehensive framework to effectively participate in social media and online communities. It is a unified construct that supports the acquisition, production, and sharing of knowledge in collaborative online communities. Metaliteracy challenges traditional skills-based approaches to information literacy by recognizing related literacy types and incorporating emerging technologies" (Mackey & Jacobson, 2011, pp.62-63).



Association of American Colleges & Universities. (2018). Information literacy VALUE rubric. In VALUE rubric development project. Retrieved from

Association of College & Research Libraries. (2018). Framework for information literacy for higher education. In Guidelines, standards, and frameworks. Retreived from

Mackey, T.P., & Jacobson, T.E. (2011). Reframing information literacy as a metaliteracy. College & Research Libraries, 72(1), 62-78. Retrieved from

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