Welcome to our guide on information literacy. If you are a staff member or student at Royal Holloway, you will see what we can offer to you in terms of workshops, advice and support. You will also learn why Information Literacy is an important life skill for your academic work and future career.
The CILIP Information Literacy Group (ILG) define information literacy as:
Information Literacy for You
An overview of the help we can offer to support your studies and research
Includes a reading list of information literacy topics
An overview of useful databases, links and feeds for information literacy topics
Information Literacy theory
An overview of resources and models
Information Literacy is the ability to understand that you have an information need, how to find information to satisfy that need, how to access it, how to assess information once you've found it, how to manage information and how to use it in an ethically appropriate manner. It's not just a skill for getting through university which is then discarded at graduation. Information Literacy is a lifelong skill for academic, work and everyday life. It starts (or should start) well before a student gets to university.
Some examples of lifelong IL would include
The lifelong importance of Information Literacy is shown via Barack Obama's Presidential Decree