ERIC Number: ED464692
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Information Literacy: The New Challenge.
This paper asserts that information literacy is a crucial element in education at all levels, and in particular at the community college level. The author defines information literacy in a number of ways, including this recent definition offered by Shapiro and Hughes: "A new liberal art that extends from knowing how to use computers and access information to critical reflection on the nature of information itself, its technical infrastructure, and its social, cultural, and even philosophical context and impact." Developing lifelong learners is central to the mission of higher education institutions, and information literacy is crucial to lifelong learning. Assurance of information literacy among college students must be incorporated into the academic curriculum. This article suggests that information literacy incorporation must be approached from the top down--administrator awareness of information literacy requirements will trickle down, and support will increase. It then will become the job of librarians and instructors to make sure it is practiced in the library and the classroom. The role of the librarian will expand from that of a custodian of information to one who teaches and develops curricula, making them key instructional team members and partners with faculty. (Contains 22 references.) (NB)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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