Understanding information and technology literacy and evidence based2
AND TECHNOLOGY LITERACY AND
EVIDENCE BASED PRACTICES.
Todd Hampton MLS
Information Literacy Librarian
GatewayCommunity College Library
Sept. 5, 2013
As defined by the Association
of College and Research
Libraries, an information
literate individual is able to:
• Recognize the extent of
• Locate the needed
information effectively and
• Evaluate information and
its sources critically and
information into one’s
• Use information effectively
to accomplish a specific
• Understand the
economic, legal, and social
issues surrounding the use
of information, and access
and use information
ethically and legally
Why is IL important?
Data Smog-We live in the Information Age.There are more
sources of information available than ever.
(books, journals, newspapers, internet, subscription
databases, social media, etc.)
Because of all of the resources available to users finding the
right information is harder not easier.
Employers want employees that have developed critical
thinking and reasoning skills
Information Literacy is a life long skill.
Who needs information literacy?
Students -in order to achieve academically.
Teachers Lecturers- who want to carry out their
jobs more efficiently and successfully.
Everyone- To enable informed decision making.
Purchasing any item
Making an investment
Voting in an election
What is Technology literacy?
Technology literacy is often used synonymously
with Computer literacy
Technology literacy is the ability to
gather, organize analyze and report information
Evidence-Based Practice in
The process of asking, acquiring, appraising, and applying the
best evidence from nursing and medical literature to improve
the quality of clinical practice.
• Ask: Formulate an answerable question from an information
• Acquire: Identify articles and other evidence-based
resources that answer the question
• Appraise: Search results for validity and usefulness
• Apply: Findings to your clinical practice and evaluate your
Putting it all together
Recognize need for
Use it effectively
• Information Literacy is the
ability to effectively
recognize, locate evaluate
and use information.
• Information Literacy is a
necessary skill for the
• Technology literacy often
called computer literacy is the
ability to gather, organize
analyze and report
information using technology.
• Evidence Base Practice uses
many of the same related
principles of information
literacy to improve the quality
of clinical practice.