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Information Competency Instruction  

This guide defines key areas of information competency and suggests activities to help build skills in each area.
Last Updated: Jan 26, 2017 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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This guide is intended for instructors in community colleges as a resource for developing information competency skills.

Each section contains a description of skills and links to activities that may facilitate the development of those skills in community college students. 

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Information Competency Definition

"Information competency is the ability to find, evaluate, use and communicate information in all its various formats. It combines aspects of library literacy, research methods and technological literacy. Information competency includes consideration of the ethical and legal implications of information and requires the application of both critical thinking and communication skills"  (Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, 1998).

Information competency includes the ability to

  • Recognize the need for information and state a research question, problem or issue.
  • Determine information requirements in various disciplines for the research questions, problems or issues.
  • Use information technology tools to locate and retrieve relevant information.
  • Organize information.
  • Analyze and evaluate information.
  • Communicate using a variety of information resources and technologies.
  • Understand the ethical and legal issues surrounding information and information technology.
  • Apply the skills gained in information competency to enable lifelong learning. 



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