Information Literacy


What is information literacy?

One of the key competencies applicable to all levels of training is 'information literacy', the ability to collect, analyse and organise information. As defined by the American Library Association (1989), information literacy is an understanding and set of abilities enabling individuals to:
  • recognise when information is needed and have the capacity to locate, evaluate and use effectively the information. Ultimately information literate people are those who have learned how to learn. They are prepared for lifelong learning because they can always find the information for any task or decision at hand.

Australian & New Zealand Information Literacy Framework

In February 2004, the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) and the Australian & New Zealand Institute for Information Literacy (ANZIIL) released the Australian & New Zealand Information Literacy Framework. This document provides a framework for embedding information literacy in the design and teaching of educational programs, and for assessing the information literate individual.

The Role of the Central Institute Libraries

The Libraries at the Central Institute strive to develop information competencies in students in order for them to apply these skills to become independent lifelong learners. This is achieved through partnerships with academic staff as joint facilitators of learning to better equip our students.

The Aim of LIST Program at the Central Institute

The Portfolio Librarians provide a Library and Information Skills Training (LIST) Program that is based on the Standards and aims to develop information literacy competencies in Central Institute students.

1.  Face-to-Face Training Sessions

'Lecture Time' sessions - these classes are organised with an individual lecturer and delivered by Portfolio Librarians during class time.  The sessions include: Library Orientations, Research Skills and Referencing. The duration of these sessions vary according to campuses and individual requirements.  The sessions can be tailored to meet the educational and skill level of the students. 

2. Online Information Literacy (OIL) Modules

The librarians have developed a series of online tutorials on a variety of topics. The tutorials do not require logins and lecturing staff are encouraged to alert their students to these modules to assist in developing their information literacy and study skills. Access the modules.

3. Workshops for Lecturing Staff

The librarians run workshops for lecturing staff on copyright, Equella and referencing.  For more information about these workshops, contact your Portfolio Librarian.

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