Information Literacy is the ability to identify what information is needed, understand how the information is organized, identify the best sources of information for a given need, locate those sources, evaluate the sources critically, and share that information. It is the knowledge of commonly used research techniques.
It is critically important to be information literate because we are surrounded by an insurmountable amount of information in all formats. Not all information is created equal: some is reliable but most is biased, out of date, misleading or even false. The amount of information available is going to increase along with the technology used to access and manipulate it.
Information Literacy skills are not only used in the academic settings. They’re used every day in work environments as an employee finding, evaluating and presenting job-related information; as a consumer making decisions about which car or product to purchase; and a citizen participating fully in society understanding issues and voting.
The Gill Library faculty at The College of New Rochelle is committed to promoting these skills most especially through workshops, course-specific library instruction and Hands-On-Help sessions. We hope that the information below is helpful and encourages our students, faculty and staff to contact us if they have any questions about the services and resources we use to promote Information literacy.