Information Literacy

“Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning. An information literate individual is able to:

  • Determine the extent of information needed
  • Access the needed information and its sources critically
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  • Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally.”1

To this definition we add a final step: “communicate the results and findings of the prior six steps.”

Enabling students to become information literate is a key objective of our accounting program, and activities geared toward achieving this objective are incorporated into each of our online courses.

1 American Library Association. 2000. Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. Chicago: The Association of College and Research Libraries.