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InfoLit@Ramsey: Intro to Info Literacy


"Information literate people are those who have learned how to learn....They are people prepared for lifelong learning, because they can always find the information needed for any task or decision at hand.” 

ALA Presidential Committee on Information Literacy)

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consultation or an
information literacy session,
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What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy means knowing:

                  • what information is needed
                  • how to access the needed information efficiently 
                  • how to evaluate information and sources critically:
                  • how to maintain a personal knowledge base
                  • how to use information effectively
                  • how to access and use information ethically

                    (Adapted from the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education.)

But, wait, isn't everything searchable online?
Lots of information is freely available online, but part of being information literate is knowing how to search effectively so you can locate exactly what you need without wasting time. Lots more information is available via the hidden web, the subscription databases that the library provides. And lots of information isn't available online, like primary source and archival information and reference resources and data. The library can help you find it all.

MORE INFORMATION: ACRL: Information Literacy Resources

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Our mission is to integrate information literacy into learning across the curriculum. We do this by:

  • Collaborating with faculty and instructors
  • Providing in-class information literacy sessions
  • Providing one-on-one research consultation sessions with students

The Ramsey Library information literacy instruction program strives to create lifelong learners by utilizing teaching methodologies that respond to individual differences in learning style and level, and include such teaching strategies as active, collaborative, and inquiry- or problem-based learning.