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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.

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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.

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.