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Kim Glover helps a graduate student research his topic
"Information literacy" is the ability to recognize when information is needed, and to effectively locate, evaluate, and use that information in an ethical and legal manner. Note that the ability to locate information is only one small part of this definition. Information Literacy extends well beyond teaching students how to locate a book in the library. It emphasizes a broader spectrum of skills and conceptual understandings that must be developed over time as students engage in the curriculum. The need for information literacy is not particular to any one course or discipline, but rather is an essential part of lifelong learning and informed citizenship.