About Information Literacy

Information literacy encompasses:

  • Reflective discovery of information
  • Understanding how information is produced and valued
  • Creating new knowledge using information
  • Ethical participation in communities of learning

Definition adapted from the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy.

Our information literacy outcomes

Through the UH Libraries instruction program, students will learn to:

  • Acknowledge the sociocultural context of information to determine the processes, values, and power structures that shape it and its accessibility
  • Recognize that certain voices are underrepresented/marginalized within the processes of information production and dissemination
  • Explore and evaluate information with pragmatic skepticism, an open mind, and awareness of their own biases and perspectives
  • Develop confidence in their role as information creators by valuing and building upon their existing knowledge
  • Pursue questions based on curiosity, personal relevance, prior knowledge, and existing information landscape
  • Recognize that research is an iterative process requiring reflection, creativity, and persistence
  • Engage with a community of inquiry and the existing information landscape through information critique, analysis, and creation
  • Reflect on the role of information in their lives both in and out of the classroom