“ Information Literacy” (also referred as “Information fluency”, “Information mediacy”) is the ability to know when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate and use it appropriately and ethically once it is retrieved from any media, including electronic, human or print sources.
First the subject was discussed in the U.S. in 1974 in response to the rapidly increasing amount of information and the complexities of doing search. The concept was introduced by the president of Information Industry Association Paul Zurkowski .
The goal of Information Literacy at the libraries and research centres is to integrate fully into the environment, to facilitate lifelong learning for all generations, and especially for so called “digital generation”. These goals can be achieved through various information literacy programs and on-going interactions with user’s.
First of all, it is important to increase user’s familiarity with the use of available electronic information sources (already existing e-catalogues, as well as traditional ones, digital libraries, literary forum, media coverage and ect.)