Tuesday, November 19, 2013

National Forum on Information Literacy

NFIL, the National Forum on Information Literacy, was founded in 1989 in response to the need for promoting a greater understanding of the new Information Age.  The NFIL seeks to "mainstream information literacy philosophy and practices throughout every sector of American society, working with kindred organizations and businesses concerned with the economic and social welfare of the American people".  The Website provides a wealth of information on Information Literacy, including general information, information literacy skills, information literacy news and events, lists of information literacy conferences and supporters, as well as an extensive resource directory.


Association of College and Research Libraries

The ACRL (Association of College and Research Libraries) is a division of the ALA (American Library Association) whose purpose is to "enhance the ability of academic library and information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher educations community and to improve learning, teaching, and research".  The section on Information Literacy on this site is clear and informative and includes a simple definition for information literacy: the set of skills needed to find, retrieve, analyze, and use information.  It also includes information on why Information Literacy is important, who needs Information Literacy, and provides a list of resources that are helpful in learning more about Information Literacy. 

ALA - ACRL - Information Literacy


NoodleTools provides a short and easy to understand page
about Information Literacy that includes a well-rounded definition.  The best part about NoodleTools is that it outline a curriculum and teaching design that provides contexts, simulations, applications, problems, assessments, rubrics, and more.  NoodleTools is also an excellent resource and assistant for educators even beyond Information Literacy.   


International Federation of Library Associations

The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) reserves a section of their Web site for Information Literacy.  In that section, it states, "The primary purpose of the Information Literacy Section is to foster international cooperation in the development of information literacy education in all types of libraries and information institutions."  The page contains links to news, events, publications, projects, conferences, and more. 


Project Information Literacy

Project Information Literacy (PIL) is a ongoing research project that seeks to study the research habits of adults in order to better understand how adults use their research in daily life, as well as how they "resolve issues of credibility, authority, relevance, and currency in the digital age".