Information and media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, and create information. The variety and complexity of communication we receive from television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, video games, music, and other media formats can be overwhelming. Becoming information and media literate helps us understand these messages and helps us clear some of the ensuing confusion.
The ACRL states in Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education:
Determine the extent of information needed
Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
Evaluate information and its sources critically
Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally