ERIC Number: ED421178
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
Information Literacy: Search Strategies, Tools & Resources. ERIC Digest.
Ercegovac, Zorana; Yamasaki, Erika
Information literacy, or the ability to seek and effectively utilize information resources, has become a critical tool in the Information Age. Community colleges, as gateways to higher education, have an important role in equipping students with this ability to access and utilize information. The increasing importance of information skills has brought change to college campuses, as librarians have moved out of their roles as custodians of information to become primary instructors of research and critical thinking skills. An abundance of resource materials has also emerged to help librarians and faculty teach these essential tools. One recently developed aid is the Information Literacy: Search Strategies, Tools & Resources (ST&R) program. Designed to enable students to become self-sustained seekers and users of information sources and digital libraries, the program takes a user-centered perspective and focuses on the intellectual aspects of locating, evaluating, interpreting, and communicating information. The program offers exercises, glossaries, and other resources related to information use, and allows students to connect automatically to electronic resources for practice. Finally, ST&R is flexible, makes use of research from wide-ranging fields, and is scalable to adapt to students with varying academic abilities. (Contains 11 references.) (BCY)
Descriptors: College Role, Community Colleges, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Futures (of Society), Information Literacy, Information Seeking, Information Utilization, Search Strategies, Student Needs, Two Year Colleges
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 for Community Colleges, Los Angeles, CA.