The Information Literacy website has been designed and developed by information professionals from key UK organisations actively involved in the field of information literacy. The website aims to support practitioners and researchers from around the world with an interest in information and digital literacy by providing news, case studies, examples of best practice and freely available tool kits. Our aim is to provide a practical resource that information professionals regularly visit to discover the latest developments in information literacy.
Please contact us if you are interested in contributing to this site as we would welcome suggestions, additional material and guest articles.
Information literacy has been known by many different names: library orientation; bibliographic instruction; user education; information skills training. Each has built on the other. Library orientation concentrates on how to use a physical building and bibliographic instruction and user education on the mechanics of using particular resources. Information skills training and finally information literacy concentrates on cognitive and transferable skills, such as problem solving, evaluation and communication skills.
In the UK, information literacy is defined by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals as:
“Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner.”