Information Literacy Is More Than A Set Of Skills

A Teacher Librarian's World

When you first think of information literacy and teaching, ‘skills’ is the first thing that comes to mind for most teachers and teacher librarians. After all, we need to teach students how to be information literate. However, I would argue that information literacy is definitely more than just a set of skills. Sure it is a set of skills, but they are a set of skills for life, and therefore become life lessons and life abilities. In addition to the boarder application of information literacy, it is also a concept as well as a set of skills, and understanding the concept and idea of information literacy goes hand in hand with learning the skills.

It is a bit of a simplified explanation to purely refer to them as just skills, as it is also a concept, or an idea of approaching information that we gather and find. Langford (1999) also…

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