Literacy across learning: Information and Critical Literacy Skills CPD for early and first level
What is Information Literacy?
Here in Scotland the National Information Literacy Framework (Scotland) uses the CILIP professional body definition
"Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner."
This definition implies several skills … (or competencies) that are required to be information literate … an understanding of:
- A need for information
- The resources available
- How to find information
- The need to evaluate results
- How to work with or exploit results
- Ethics and responsibility of use
- How to communicate or share your findings
- How to manage your findings
Information is all around us; it comes in different formats and is essential for our decision making and problem solving activities whether at work, in education or at home. The difference is in why we need it, the level of information we need and how we are going to use it.
"Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner." CILIP (2004) Information Literacy Definition