Information Literacy in the Digital Age: An Evidence-Based Approach

Information Literacy in the Digital Age: An Evidence-Based Approach

by Teresa Welsh, Melissa Wright


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Information Literacy in the Digital Age: An Evidence-Based Approach by Teresa Welsh, Melissa Wright

This book examines the various types of literacy that are important in the Digital Age of rapid technological change and proliferating information resources in a variety of formats. According to the American Library Association (, “information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning and is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. Information literacy is an umbrella term that includes a variety of specific competencies: cultural literacy, library literacy, computer literacy, network literacy, and media literacy. Each topic addressed in the book includes contextual background information, basic concepts, a resource list, exercises and activities to reinforce the important learning concepts addressed in each chapter.

  • Based on content, resources, assignments, and exercises developed for an academic information literacy course
  • In addition to scholarly content on particular topics, each chapter will include practical applications and activities related to information literacy concepts

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843345152
Publisher: Elsevier Science
Publication date: 01/01/2010
Series: Chandos Information Professional Series
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Dr. Teresa S. Welsh is an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern Mississippi School of Library and Information Science.

Ms. Melissa S Wright is a doctoral student in the University of Southern Mississippi Department of Adult Education.

Table of Contents

What is information literacy?
Cultural literacy
Library literacy: history, types, and roles
Library literacy: information sources, classification systems
Ethical literacy: scholarly communication and the academic code of conduct
Network literacy: database searching
Computer literacy: computer hardware and software
Network literacy: the Internet and the World Wide Web
Media literacy and visual literacy
Government literacy
Financial literacy
Writing a research paper

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