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Information Literacy is ...

... the ability to understand, navigate, and use information effectively. As information is a prominent part of all facets of our modern society and lifestyle, Middlesex Community College (MxCC) recognizes the importance of information literacy in college education.

Information Literacy refined (November 2014) ...

Existing information literacy standards as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) date back to 2000. A task force comprised of librarians and other scholars have created a extensive document redefining information literacy competencies for today's world.  See a draft of the new IL Framework here.

The framework proposes this new definition of information literacy:  

Information literacy is a spectrum of abilities, practices, and habits of mind that extend and deepen learning through engagement with the information ecosystem. It includes ...
• understanding essential concepts about that ecosystem;
• engaging in creative inquiry and critical reflection to develop questions and to find, evaluate, and manage information through an iterative process;
• creating new knowledge through ethical participation in communities of learning, scholarship, and civic purpose; and
• adopting a strategic view of the interests, biases, and assumptions present in the information ecosystem.


The Toolkit

In 2006, an Information Task Force was formed by faculty members from all program divisions as well as MxCC librarians in an effort to evaluate MxCC’s information literacy instruction and to design a new framework for its delivery. In the Fall of 2007, in response to President Nieves’ directive, the task force, chaired by John Shafer, Professor of Humanities/Arts, created MxCC's Information Literacy Learning Outcomes (see IL @ MxCC tab) based on the Association of College & Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. In addition, it is important to note that these IL learning outcomes address the requirements stated in NEASC Standards for Accreditation, Standards 4 and 7.

In acknowledgement of the importance of students' attaining information literacy competency at MxCC and beyond, this toolkit offers various guidelines and best practices to achieve this goal, and suggests ways librarians and faculty members can work together on this initiative. 

Contact the Library


Jean Burr Smith Library
Middlesex Community College

100 Training Hill Road

Middletown, CT 06457


Schedule a Visit!

 To schedule information literacy instruction for your class, please contact the library (860.343.5830,