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Introduction to Information Literacy Introduction to Information Literacy Presentation Transcript

  • What  does  it  mean  to  be   “informa1on  literate”?  
  • Why  do  you  need  to  know   this?     A:er  all  you  are  literate.   You  can  read  and  write.     So,  isn’t  that  all  you  need  to   get  through  college?  
  • Well  it’s  true  being  literate  is  the  ability  to   read  and  write.     And  it’s  true  you  need  to  read  and  write  to   get  through  college.        
  • Informa1on  literacy  is  a    liCle  different.    
  • So  what  is  it?  
  • It’s  a  life  skill  used  to  go  from  a   place  of  not  knowing  something,   to  finding  a  source  of  knowledge,   to  examining  that  source  and  then   using  what  you  have  learned   properly.          
  • Today  informa1on  literacy  is   very  important  because  there   are  so  many  informa1on   resources  available.     To  be  informa1on  literate   means  you  have  developed  a   very  important  set  of  skills.  
  • According  to  the   American  Library   Associa1on  (to  make   this  official)   “Informa.on  Literacy   is  the  set  of  skills   needed  to  find,   retrieve,  analyze,  and   use  informa.on.”    
  • Let’s  use  a  simple  real  life  example.   You  want  to  buy  a  computer.         That’s  an  easy  task  to  solve.  
  • First  you  need  to  know  what  type  of   computer  you  want  to  buy!     – PC   – Mac   – Other  
  • There  are  some  things  you  know  already!       •  Your  friend,  Maria,    has  a  Windows  computer!     •  You  like  the  computer  she  has.     •  You  want  to  buy  a  Windows  computer.    
  • Now  you  want  to  go  to  a  computer  store.   You  asked  Wanda  where  she  bought  her   computer!                     But,  she  didn’t  like  the  store   where  she  bought  the   computer.       Tells  you  not  to  go  there.       “The  store  provided  bad   service!”    
  • So  where  do  you  go?   You  need  informa1on  about  computer  stores.     What  do  you  do?     You  search  for  informa1on  about  computer   stores  on  the  Internet.      
  • You  use  your  favorite  search  engine.  
  • You  find    a  lot  of  stores.  
  • Just  a  note,  Google  is   okay  for  researching   informa1on  about  a   computer  store.       We’ll  talk  about  what   you  should  use  for   college  research  later.       Ok?  
  • You  found  that  there  are  many  stores  that   sell  computers.     But,  you  want  to  find  a  store  near  you.     So,  you  narrow  your  search  by  typing  the   name  of  your  town  into  the  search  form.  
  • There  are  five  computer  stores  in  your  area.     So,  you  do  another  search.  This  1me  adding  the   name  of  the  computer  that  you  want  to  buy.     The  next  search  lists  three  stores  in  your  area   that  has  the  computer.  
  • The  first  two  stores  are  close  to  your  house.     The  third  you’ll  have  to  drive  to  reach.     You  look  at  the  various  store  websites.     The  stores  near  your  house  sell  the  computer   you  want  for  $799.  
  • The  one  furthest  away  is   running  a  special  at  $499.      
  • At  each  step  in  loca1ng  the  store  you’ve:   •  Iden1fied  the  informa1on  needed.   •  Searched  to  find  the  informa1on.   •  Retrieved  the  informa1on.   •  Analyzed  the  informa1on.   •  Found  that  you  needed  addi1onal   informa1on.    
  • Then  you  did  the  following.   •  Iden1fied  the  addi1onal  informa1on  you   needed.     •  Searched  to  find  the  addi1onal  informa1on.   •  Retrieved  the  informa1on.   •  Analyzed  the  informa1on.  
  • What’s  Next?  
  • USE  THE   INFORMATION!!     You  are  now  computer  store  knowledgeable.     You’ve  gained  knowledge  from  your  research.     You  are  ready  to  act  upon  that  knowledge.  
  • You  get  in  your  car  and  go  to  the   store.     You  buy  your  new   computer.    
  • This  is  how  informa1on   literacy  works!       Through  a  logical  series  of   steps  you  found,   retrieved,  analyzed,  and   used  informa1on.  
  • Next  we’ll  look  at  the  academic  world   and  answer  a  important  ques1on.     What  does  it  mean  to  be  informa1on     literate  for  college?