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Information Literacy: Introduction

What is "Information Literacy"?

"To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information."

-American Library Association, Presidential Committee on Information Literacy, Final Report , January 10, 1989


"...Information literacy empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals. It is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion in all nations."

 -Alexandria Proclamation, 2005, UNESCO

Information Literacy at LCCC

LCCC has established a blueprint for academic success based on 4 general education outcomes that are incorporated throughout the curriculum - Reasoning, Communication, Collaboration, and Cultural Awareness. Our college recognizes that information literacy is a critical skill that is necessary in college, work, and personal life and has included Information Literacy as one component of their Institutional Competency for Reasoning:

   Reasoning:  Information literacy  ΜΆ  the ability to identify and evaluate sources and then apply them to a project.

This competency will be incorporated into LCCC's core curriculum and program-specific curriculums and the College will be held accountable for how well students are performing this critical skill through institution-wide assessments prior to graduating. 

Services that the library provides to help students obtain these skills include:

  • Course-embedded information literacy instruction: courses that have a research requirement will have a librarian come to a class session to instruct students on skills and resources speficic to that class (such as Nursing, Biology, Music, English 1010, Public Speaking, Business, etc)
  • A 1-credit hour Library Research Methods class - the LIBS 1000 class is taught by faculty librarians and is designed to help students gain broad information literacy skills that will be useful in college courses, on the job, or for lifelong learning
  • One-on-one instruction at the Information Desk - bring your research question to the front desk or make an appointment with a librarian and we can help walk you through the research process and how to search our resources.

Research 101 LibGuide

The College of Southern Nevada has a great guide that walks you through developing your own research project.