New Open Resource Designed to Improve Information Literacy Skills

Information Literacy Concepts

Two librarians from East Carolina University have produced a new open-access digital resource targeted to help students successfully complete research assignments. Information Literacy Concepts, an open educational resource  introduces  students to information literacy topics and gives them an overview of how to conduct their own research.

According to the authors,  David Hisle, Learning Technologies Librarian, and Katy Kavanagh Webb, Head of Research and Instructional Services:

 “Students have a greater role and responsibility in creating new knowledge, in understanding the contours and the changing dynamics of the world of information, and in using information, data, and scholarship ethically.

“We want to prepare our students for today’s rapidly changing information landscape. Information literacy skills are essential not just in the work they do as student researchers, but also as college graduates who will need to know how to find and evaluate information to meet their real-world information needs.”

Content includes chapters stemming from navigating search engines, library databases, and discovery tools, to evaluating source credibility and recognizing fake news.

Information Literacy Concepts is available at http://media.lib.ecu.edu/DE/tutorial/OER/Information_Literacy_Concepts.pdf