... 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.
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.
Jean Burr Smith Library
Middlesex Community College
100 Training Hill Road
Middletown, CT 06457
To schedule information literacy instruction for your class, please contact the library (860.343.5830, firstname.lastname@example.org).