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Information Literacy

Information literacy can be defined in many ways, for example In higher education, information literacy is situated with academic and digital literacies developed through study of a subject or discipline.

"Information literacy is the ability to think critically and make balanced judgements about any information we find and use. It empowers us as citizens to reach and express informed views and to engage fully with society." (CILIP, 2018).

The University Library works with Faculties and Professional Services to enable students to develop as independent lifelong learners and succeed in their studies. All students should have the explicit opportunity to develop information literacy skills through their taught curriculum. Key factors in student engagement are relevance to assessment and timeliness in the stage of academic development.

In a wider context, information literacy underpins transferable skills for employability, career development and informed citizenship. The University Library supports continuing professional development for researchers and University staff, developing information literacy through professional practice, study, teaching and research.

Information and Digital Literacy and the Active Curriculum

Information literacy is one of the Learning literacies forming part of the Active Curriculum.

We support the implementation of our University's Education Strategy 2018-2022 through excellent library and learning resources, support for teaching and development of information and digital literacies through a blended active curriculum. We also support the Course Design Intensive activities around curriculum review and have developed materials suggesting ways in which academic staff might embed information literacy within the curriculum.
Page Last Reviewed: 18th September 2019 by Margaret March.