Information Literacy

What is Information Literacy?

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."American Library Association. Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final Report. (Chicago: American Library Association, 1989.)

Why is it important?

Information literacy is critical for our students to compete in today’s global information society. Insuring information literacy can help students succeed in their future chosen profession.

How can the library help?

As the library hopes to build partnerships with other academic departments throughout the University, we can adapt bibliographic instruction sessions tailored to each class in the curriculum.

Working individually with CSU professors, librarians can develop bibliographic instruction sessions that will compliment research skills necessary for students to succeed in their course work and future projects.

Over the course of several sessions, the library staff would provide instruction on searching HALLIE and the OhioLINK library catalog; hands on help using subject specific databases; tips on how to evaluate sources; and provide criterias for the quality filtering of web resources.