Information Literacy: What is it?
Defined by ACRL: "Information Literacy Defined by ACRL:"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." Information literacy also is increasingly important in the contemporary environment of rapid technological change and proliferating information resources. Because of the escalating complexity of this environment, individuals are faced with diverse, abundant information choices--in their academic studies, in the workplace, and in their personal lives. Information is available through libraries, community resources, special interest organizations, media, and the Internet--and increasingly, information comes to individuals in unfiltered formats, raising questions about its authenticity, validity, and reliability. In addition, information is available through multiple media, including graphical, aural, and textual, and these pose new challenges for individuals in evaluating and understanding it. The uncertain quality and expanding quantity of information pose large challenges for society. The sheer abundance of information will not in itself create a more informed citizenry without a complementary cluster of abilities necessary to use information effectively.
Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. An information literate individual is able to:
Essential Tips for Google Research
History of a Website:
The Wayback Machine: www.archive.org lets us browse over 30 billion Web pages that were archived from 1996 to a few weeks past. Click on www.archive.org and enter the site URL or page URL. Click the TAKE ME BACK Button and choose any of the dates available to see a what that site looked like. Type in www.d91.net to view District 91's archived pages on archive.org. Research who created and maintains the website archive.org.
Tools & Information Literacy Models
5 W's of Website Evaluation
4 Criteria for Web Evaluation