Information Literacy

Information Literacy is a survival skill in the Information Age.

Instead of drowning in the abundance of information that floods their lives, information literate people know how to find, evaluate, and use information effectively to solve a particular problem or make a decision--whether the information they select comes from a computer, a book, a government agency, a film, or any number of other possible resources.

Libraries, which provide a significant public access point to such information and usually at no cost, must play a key role in preparing people for the demands of today's information society...

From American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information Literacy Final Report (1989)