2021, VOL. 4 ISSUE 1, PART APages: 07-09

Information literacy: Need of hour

Dr. Mirza Mahefooz Baig
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We are living in information era, Information literacy is important for all. The phrase information literacy first used by Paul G. Zurkowski. Information literacy is the key to social, cultural, and economic development of nations and communities, institutions and individuals in the 21st century and its acquisition as part of the basic human right of lifelong learning. The information that kids encounter, however, is not always accurate or high-quality. The information and digital literacy skills can help set kids up for success as lifelong learners. Information literacy includes the ability to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively. Regardless of the terminology, be, it digital literacy or media literacy, having information literacy skills are the fundamentals to thrive in a digital space. An information literate is able to recognize, assess the need of information, evaluates information, etc. The steps of information literacy are planning research, organizing ways to search, finding resources, etc. The proto-type curriculum of information literacy includes Tool literacy, Resource literacy, Social-structural, literacy Research literacy, etc. Information Literacy Skills training equips students or researchers with certain skills which help them and also information literacy does have positive impact on education.
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