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Focus on Information Literacy

Welcome to our year-long faculty development focus on Information Literacy, a Valencia general education outcome.

2016 - 2017: Written Communication   2017 - 2018: Information Literacy  2018 - 2019: Cultural and Historical

Information Literacy at Valencia

Information Literacy

Information Literacy is one of Valencia's general education learning outcomes.

At Valencia, an "information literate" student is able to "locate, evaluate, and effectively use information from diverse sources."

An expanded definition from the Association of College and Research Libraries informs our teaching practice: Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.

As faculty, Valencia librarians teach information literacy to students.

Information Literacy and Related Literacies

"Digital Literacy" refers to "the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet," according to a definition from Cornell University's Digital Literacy Resource.

Media Literacy, according to a definition by the Center for Media Literacy, is "a framework to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate with messages in a variety of forms - from print to video to the Internet. Media literacy builds an understanding of the role of media in society as well as essential skills of inquiry and self-expression necessary for citizens of a democracy."

Metaliteracy "is a unified construct that supports the acquisition, production, and sharing of knowledge in collaborative online communities. Metaliteracy challenges traditional skills-based approaches to information literacy by recognizing related literacy types and incorporating emerging technologies," according to