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Information Literacy: Home

This guide provides definitions and an overview of information literacy with links to other useful resources.

What is information literacy?

Information literacy is knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner. This definition was produced by the Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals (CILIP) in 2004. 

Information literacy at Derby

Information literate students are most effectively developed when information literacy is embedded, and ideally assessed, within the curriculum. For more information on how to achieve this, please contact your academic librarian.

The University of Derby's Information Literacy Framework

The Information Literacy Framework was developed within the University's Learning & Teaching Enhancement Sub-Committee and approved by the University Quality Enhancement Committee in February 2013. The PDF of the Framework can be accessed from the link above.

SCONUL Seven Pillars

The University of Derby's Information Literacy Framework is based on a Core Model for Higher Education produced by the Society of College, National & University Libraries (SCONUL). This model has been widely used around the world since its initial production in 1999 and updated in 2011.

Learning more

  • There is an annual international conference on information literacy called LILAC, at which University of Derby librarians have presented.
  • There is an online journal with the original name of The Journal of Information Literacy.