In·for·ma·tion Lit·er·a·cy n. 1. a set of abilities requiring individuals to "recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information." (ACRL Standards) 2. the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. (ACRL Framework).
The ability to:
1. Determine the nature and extent of the information needed (includes determining the types and formats needed)
2. Access needed information effectively and efficiently
3. Evaluate information and its sources critically
4. Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
5. Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally