Information Literacy Consultant

Vicki Lea

What is Information Literacy? 

Information Literacy is the ability to recognize the types of information best suited to the argument, and effectively locate, critically evaluate, appropriately use, and ethically cite the information.

Information Literacy is taught at all levels and in all disciplines.  The Greenwood Library collaborates with faculty to develop students’ information literacy skills throughout their education at Longwood University, with the goal of graduating information literate citizen leaders.

ACRL Framework

The Association for College and Research Libraries has developed a “framework” for the instruction and development of information literacy in higher education.  A full description of the Framework can be found here.

The Framework has the following core ideas:

Authority is Constructed and Contextual

Information resources reflect their creators’ expertise and credibility and are evaluated based on the information need and the context in which the information will be used. Authority is constructed in that various communities may recognize different types of authority. It is contextual in that the information need may help to determine the level of authority required.

Information Creation is a Process

Information in any format is produced to convey a message and is shared via a selected delivery method. The iterative processes of researching, creating, revising, and disseminating information vary, and the resulting product reflects these differences.

Information has Value

Information possesses several dimensions of value, including as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world. Legal and socioeconomic interests influence information production and dissemination.

Research as Inquiry

Research is iterative and depends upon asking increasingly complex or new questions whose answers, in turn, develop additional questions or lines of inquiry in any field.

Scholarship as Conversation

Communities of scholars, researchers, or professionals engage in sustained discourse with new insights and discoveries occurring over time as a result of varied perspectives and interpretations.

Searching as Strategic Exploration

Searching for information is often nonlinear and iterative, requiring the evaluation of a range of information sources and the mental flexibility to pursue alternate avenues as new understanding develops.

For more information, view our Information Literacy Faculty Guide.