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Standards, Performance Indicators, and Outcomes

Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

Standard One

The information literate student determines the nature and extent of the information needed.

Performance Indicators:

1.1 The information literate student defines and articulates the need for information.

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1.2 The information literate student identifies a variety of types and formats of potential sources for information.

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1.3 The information literate student considers the costs and benefits of acquiring the needed information.

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1.4 The information literate student reevaluates the nature and extent of the information need.

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Standard Two

The information literate student accesses needed information effectively and efficiently.

Performance Indicators:

2.1 The information literate student selects the most appropriate investigative methods or information retrieval systems for accessing the needed information.

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2.2 The information literate student constructs and implements effectively-designed search strategies.

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2.3 The information literate student retrieves information online or in person using a variety of methods.

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2.4 The information literate student refines the search strategy if necessary.

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2.5 The information literate student extracts, records, and manages the information and its sources.

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Standard Three

The information literate student evaluates information and its sources critically and incorporates selected information into his or her knowledge base and value system.

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3.1 The information literate student summarizes the main ideas to be extracted from the information gathered.

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3.2 The information literate student articulates and applies initial criteria for evaluating both the information and its sources.

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3.3 The information literate student synthesizes main ideas to construct new concepts.

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3.4 The information literate student compares new knowledge with prior knowledge to determine the value added, contradictions, or other unique characteristics of the information.

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3.5 The information literate student determines whether the new knowledge has an impact on the individual’s value system and takes steps to reconcile differences.

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3.6 The information literate student validates understanding and interpretation of the information through discourse with other individuals, subject-area experts, and/or practitioners.

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3.7 The information literate student determines whether the initial query should be revised.

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Standard Four

The information literate student, individually or as a member of a group, uses information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose.

Performance Indicators:

4.1 The information literate student applies new and prior information to the planning and creation of a particular product or performance.

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4.2 The information literate student revises the development process for the product or performance.

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4.3 The information literate student communicates the product or performance effectively to others.

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Standard Five

The information literate student understands many of the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information and accesses and uses information ethically and legally.

Performance Indicators:

5.1 The information literate student understands many of the ethical, legal and socio-economic issues surrounding information and information technology.

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5.2 The information literate student follows laws, regulations, institutional policies, and etiquette related to the access and use of information resources.

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5.3 The information literate student acknowledges the use of information sources in communicating the product or performance.

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Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/standards/informationliteracycompetency.cfm

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