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Credo Information Literacy: Why Information Literacy?

Learn how to use Credo InfoLit in your courses.

Why is Information Literacy Important?

Why Information Literacy?

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ARCL) defines Information Literacy (IL) 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.


How Can IL Benefit Faculty?

Information Literacy is a key learning outcome in the new Springfield College Core Curriculum. Students who are information literate are better able to come up with workable topics for their papers, research those topics independently, and write papers that conform to rigorous academic standards.


How Can IL Benefit Students?

A 2017 survey of 42,000 students in more than 1,700 courses at 12 major research universities showed that:

  • Retention rates were higher for students whose courses included IL instruction.
  • Students whose courses included IL instruction reported higher average first-year GPAs than those whose courses did not.
  • Students who took IL instruction successfully completed 1.8 more credit hours per year than students who did not.


Video: Why IL Matters to Faculty

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Why is Critical Thinking Important?

An ability to think critically is essential to a student's time in school and is a vital life-long skill.

Employers highly value critical thinking skills too, with a 2013 AAC&U study showing that “a candidate’s demonstrated capacity to think critically, communicate clearly, and solve complex problems is more important than their undergraduate major."

It's not easy to teach students to adopt a new thinking style; in today's polarized environment, it can even be difficult to impart to them the importance of deliberate and critical thinking.

InfoLit Starter Kit

InfoLit – Core Starter Kit

To hit the ground running, try the following material with students. It will give them a solid start on IL basics without being overwhelming.