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More about Information Literacy

What is information literacy?

Information literate people recognise when they need information and can competently locate it from appropriate sources. As independent lifelong learners, they can critically evaluate and effectively use information. Unitec Library uses the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Information Literacy (ANZIIL) standards, which summarise the information literate person as someone who:

  • Students take part in an Information skills session. Recognises the need for information and determines the nature and extent of the information needed.
  • Finds needed information effectively and efficiently.
  • Critically evaluates information and the information seeking process.
  • Manages information collected or generated.
  • Applies prior and new information to construct new concepts or create new understandings.
  • Uses information with understanding and acknowledges cultural, ethical, economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information

To develop this capability within Unitec, our Library and teaching staff collaborate to provide library and information skills classes to Unitec students and staff. Typical sessions include one or more of the following:

  • Library orientation  - scavenger hunt around the Library and how to find the best information for your studies
  • How to break down a topic
  • How to use the online library catalogue to find books, both hard copy and our 200,000 online books
  • Learn strategies to evaluate information
  • Use the internet effectively
  • Focus on your project or assignment
  • Find articles using the library's online databases
  • Learn to use EndNote to manage bibliographic references.

We strongly encourage faculty to work with us to organise/endorse sessions as part of the academic course, then students can see that developing information literacy skills is an important part of the learning process.

To arrange an information literacy session, email infolit@unitec.ac.nz or phone (09) 815 4321 ext. 8094


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