The Association of College and Research Libraries defines information literacy as a set of abilities requiring individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information” (ACRL, 2000). The Leddy Library adopts this definition in principle, but would add to it by emphasizing the importance of critical thinking skills to information literacy. An information literate individual has the ability to reflect critically upon and evaluate their own research strategies, the tools used, the resources found and the context in which the resources were produced.
Information literate students will not only have a higher likelihood of academic success, but will also have the ability to transfer their literacy skills into other areas of their lives – personal, professional, and socio-political. The Leddy Library believes that it is in keeping with the goals of the University of Windsor to graduate independent learners who can find and reflect critically upon information in all fields and formats. These competencies are crucial if our students are to function as effective members of the information society.