Information Literacy

Information literacy can be defined in many ways, for example

"Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner." (CILIP, 2004)

In higher education, information literacy is situated with academic and digital literacies developed through study of a subject or discipline.

The University Library works with faculties and support services to enable students to develop as independent 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 Strategy 2016-2017

We support the implementation of our University's Learning, Teaching & Assessment strategy 2015-2017 through excellent library and learning resources, support for teaching and development of information and digital literacies. Please see our Information and Digital Literacy Operational Framework (.pdf)

Information skills curriculum audit and review

From 2015 we will be mapping our practice in relation to the model of information literacy researched and reported by the Arcadia project, 'A new curriculum for information literacy' (ANCIL)