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We encounter a tremendous amount of information during research, study, and in our daily lives. Information literacy (IL) is a set of crucial skills that include the capabilities of finding relevant and credible information in the complex, ever-changing information environment and creating and using information in an ethical way. This information may be utilized as evidence in a research paper, to solve a problem, or to make a decision. Underlying these skills are critical thinking skills necessary for evaluation and decision making in the increasingly complex information environment. IL skills equip individuals to effectively participate in this environment.
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) defines information literacy as “the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning.” (Association of College and Research Libraries, Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education).
NTU Library foster information literacy skills in different ways. Some of these ways are through fully interactive IL course through eLearning for undergraduates, face-to-face workshops for postgraduates, open workshops for different groups in the NTU community and online learning materials such as subject guides.