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Information Literacy

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 College & Research Libraries, 2015)

"Information literate people are those who have learned how to learn."
(ALA Presidential Committee on Information Literacy)

USNA's Information Literacy Program is based on The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (ACRL 2015). The Framework is organized into six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions.
  1. Authority is constructed and contextual
  2. Information creation as a process
  3. Information has value
  4. Research as inquiry
  5. Scholarship as conversation
  6. Searching as strategic exploration

How can we help?

Nimitz Library works with students, faculty, and staff to advance information literacy as a core learning objective. We are eager to support faculty in all aspects of teaching information literacy, including the design of research assignments, developing research guides, and visiting classes to offer library instruction. If you have any questions about library research or information literacy, please contact your department's library liaison, or Ask a Librarian.

Information Literacy at USNA

The Frames align with the following USNA learning goals:

United States Naval Academy Core Learning Outcomes
6) Critically reason: sufficiently obtain, critically analyze, appropriately interpret, and use quantitative data and qualitative information to construct creative solutions to complex problems. 

USNA Seven Attributes of a Graduate
Innovative - Critical thinkers and creative decision makers with a bias for action.


Information Literacy in Higher Education

Information literacy is not just a priority for librarians, it has been noted as a critical skill by the larger higher education community.

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
Standard for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation
(Standard III.5.b)

Association of American Colleges & Universities
The Essential Learning Outcomes

Project Information Literacy
National studies of early adults' research habits

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