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Information Literacy Resources: Standards

Ross Pendergraft Library


The purpose of this plan is to implement information literacy into the general curriculum using strategic, evidence-based methods.


General Education Goals

  • Communicate effectively
  • think critically
  • develop ethical perspectives
  • scientific & qualitative reasoning

Arkansas Tech Strategic Plan

Indirectly: Goal:1, #5, #9  - Goal 2, #2, #3

Directly: Goal 2 #5

Higher Learning Commission

Criterion 3 & 4

Framework & Standards

Framework for Information Literacy (short)

  • Authority Is Constructed and Contextual Information
  • Creation as a Process
  • Information Has Value
  • Research as Inquiry
  • Scholarship as Conversation
  • Searching as Strategic Exploration

ACRL Information Literacy Standards for Higher Education (2000)

An information literate individual is able to:

  • 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