Information Literacy

What is Information Literacy?

The American Library Association defines Information Literacy as a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and effectively use the needed information. Information Literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed, and assume greater control over their own learning.

How does Richland incorporate Information Literacy into courses?

The Kitty Lindsay Learning Resources Center offers Information Literacy instruction sessions throughout the year for classes in all levels and subject areas. Although introductory English courses were the original audience for library instruction sessions, in the information rich environment of the 21st century information literacy is essential for everyone. We highly recommend faculty in all areas bring their classes to the LRC for subject-specific information literacy sessions.

Who do I contact if I have questions or want to schedule an Information Literacy instruction session?

When you are ready to begin information literacy instruction please contact the LRC staff to schedule your sessions. Because each session is customized based on class needs, please call or e-mail John Wylder, Coordinator of Instructional Services, before scheduling your LRC visit. He can be reached at (217) 875-7211, ext. 328, or by e-mail at We prefer that you make your request two weeks in advance of the desired date and require a minimum of one week's notice. No sessions are scheduled during the first week of classes or during the final exam period.