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Information Literacy: Welcome

Use this guide to find information on information literacy.

Accreditation Requirement

In 2000, the American Association for Higher Education and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), JWU’s accrediting body, made information literacy an accreditation standard.

Information Literacy Committee

The Information Literacy Committee at the Denver Campus includes the following representatives:

Amanda Samland, Library

Shelli Kark, Culinary

Stephen Pyle, Business & Hospitality

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Why is Information Literacy important?

We are always seeking information, for both course work and “real life.”  Information helps us reach conclusions, make choices, and communicate more effectively.

In today’s “information” environment, finding reliable answers to questions can be difficult. The uncertain quality and expanding quantity of information poses challenges. In order to decipher and use the information we find effectively, we need to develop “information literacy” skills.

Information Literacy Program

Pre-Assessment Course
ENG1020 English Composition is the pre-assessment course.  In this course, a research component, a library instruction and an information literacy assessment are required.  The results of the test do not impact the students’ grades, but are used to determine areas in which students may be struggling. Those areas are addressed in library instruction classes.

Intro Courses
Select major courses have been chosen to include a research component and a library instruction. 

Reinforcement Courses
Select upper division major courses have been selected to include a research component and a library instruction.

Capture/Potential Assessment
Select upper division major courses have been selected to include a research component.  Students may be asked to take the information literacy assessment again during their junior or senior year. The results of the test do not impact the students’ grades, but are used to determine areas in which students may be struggling. Those areas are addressed in library instruction classes.

For a list of all information literacy designated courses, select the IL Classes @ JWU tab.

What is Information Literacy (IL)?

Information Literacy is the ability to:

  • recognize a need for information, 
  • locate information,
  • evaluate information,
  • effectively use information for the issue at hand, and
  • understand the legal and ethical implications of using information.

In 2015, the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) filed the framework for information literacy for higher education.  This new Framework updates the previous information literacy standards.

The Framework is organized into six frames, each consisting of a concept central to information literacy, a set of knowledge practices, and a set of dispositions. The six concepts that anchor the frames are presented alphabetically:

  1. Authority Is Constructed and Contextual
  2. Information Creation as a Process
  3. Information Has Value
  4. Research as Inquiry
  5. Scholarship as Conversation
  6. Searching as Strategic Exploration

Source: ALA's Framework for Information Literacy, found here.