ERIC Number: ED327216
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Information Skills for an Information Society: A Review of Research. ERIC Digest.
Living in an "information society" implies dealing with a barrage of information on a daily basis, with success and survival dependent on the ability to locate, analyze, and use information skillfully and appropriately. Information literacy, which has been defined as the ability to effectively access and evaluate information for a specific need, requires certain integral skills, including the ability to evaluate information or to plan a search strategy. As a result of the introduction of computerized circulation systems, collection databases, online database services, and computer-assisted instruction, library media centers have developed into school information centers. Through the cooperation of teachers and administrators, library media specialists are able to integrate information skills into the curriculum, and to evaluate information about the curriculum. It can be seen that information literacy efforts are well underway. Several states in the United States have integrated library instruction into their curriculums, and the American Federation of Information Processing Societies (AFIPS) has prepared a detailed curriculum to teach information skills to secondary school students. Educators today realize that information literacy can only benefit society--and information illiteracy can cause real harm to individuals and to society. (MAB)
Descriptors: Course Integrated Library Instruction, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Information Technology, Learning Resources Centers, Library Skills, Media Specialists, Research Skills, School Libraries, Users (Information)
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information Resources, Syracuse, NY.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests
Note: This digest is based on a study, "Information Skills for an Information Society. A Review of Research," by Carol Collier Kuhlthau, which is in the ERIC database as ED 297 740.