Why is Information Literacy A Key Skill for College Students?
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Information literacy skill development is an often overlooked and underutilized practice in the k-16 spectrum of teaching and learning.
The worlds of information and social media are changing at an accelerated pace. And college students are among the primary consumers of both.
Learning how to manage and use effectively the information and the tech tools available is a constant challenge for college students and workers alike.
Developing these digital habits often alters our capacity to know the world around us, as evidenced by the growing phenomena and acceptance of fake news.
To fully understand this changing world, college students–the future workers and leaders of America–need to learn how to analyze, assess, contribute to, and evaluate the multiple effects that technology has and will continue to have on everyday life and work.
And developing such abilities will be critical for the citizens and workers who recognize that these invaluable skills are an essential part of lifelong learning, now and in the future.
Student Call to Action
When it comes to change, higher education is often very slow to move.
So while we wait for the Academy to get its information literacy act together, students should take the initiative and collaborate regularly with their campus librarian.
Students consider the following:
- Need help to prepare for a mid-term or final exam?
- Have to write a research paper and can’t decide on a topic or the resources needed?
- Looking for the best resources in your major?
- Hunting for a job, internship, and/or study abroad opportunity?
Then hook up with your campus librarian and practice academic self-care!
An Academic Pearl of Wisdom
Whenever a college student faces an academic and/or social challenge, they often ask a peer or a friend first for advice. And that’s okay.
However, resolving the issue to your best advantage often requires consulting with an academic advising professional as well.
Your academic adviser knows the campus academically, administratively, and socially.
And what they don’t know, they can point you to the person who does know. Include this strategy in your current plan for college success.
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