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Information Literacy


The Library maintains its strong commitment to information competency by meeting the campus vision, mission, and ethics, as well as those prescribed by the Library itself through its library instruction program.

The following sites are provided for you as a means of informing you of the effort underway to support Information Literacy Competency Standards for the California Community Colleges and in Higher Education.


What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy is defined as the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand.

Simply put, information literacy is the key competency needed to enhance K-16 academic performance, engage patient personal responsibility, improve workplace performance and productivity, and compete effectively in a dynamically evolving world marketplace.

- Taken from the National Forum on Information Literacy


Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

Standard One

The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.

Standard Two

The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.

Standard Three

The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.

Standard Four 

The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

Standard Five

The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.

Information Literacy Value Rubric  (PDF)

Association of American Colleges and Universities



The Degree Qualifications Profile

According to The Lumina Foundation for Education, students earning an Associate’s degree should be able to:

  1. Identify, categorize and appropriately cite information for an academic  project, paper or performance.
  2. Locate, gather and organize evidence on an assigned research topic addressing a course-related question of practice in a work or community setting: offering and examining competing hypotheses in answering the question.


Information Competency in California Community Colleges

Information Competency: Challenges and Strategies for Development
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges


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April 6, 2016
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