You Information Savvy?
Information is data--facts--used to solve a problem or answer a question.
Data and facts are meaningless by themselves;however, when you need to
know something and find the right facts, you have information. Making
decisions without information, or without being informed is called guessing.
Information comes in a variety of shapes and forms, from the average height
of a women's basketball team, the top 100 movies of the century, and Martin
Luther King's date of birth, to the formula for cold fusion, why the sky
is blue, and so much more.
Since information is power, most people want to be "information savvy".
After all, learning about information and the research process can enhance
your life in many ways. A person who can function well in the Information
Age is referred to as an "Information Literate" person. Being information
literate means that you can successfully find,
evaluate and use information effectively and efficiently.
It also means that you can:
with the overwhelming amount of information
- make informed
decisions about your life, both academically and personally
critically about information and how to apply it
self-reliance but know when you need to ask for help
the research process and how to access and use information
how technology can be used to your advantage
your problem solving skills
an information need and knowing exactly how to fill it! However, the Information
Age does have its challenges. Did you know that:
- one Sunday
edition of the New York Times newspaper contains more information
than was encountered in an entire lifetime in the 16th century?
- in one
week in today's world, the average person is faced with more decisions
than they would have had to make in a lifetime in the 17th Century?
is doubling every 12 months?
are now billions of sites on the Internet?
you going to take advantage of all this information? How are you going
to sort through it all and find the authoriative information? In day to
day living, we're usually able to filter through all the pieces of information
we come in contact with and to pull out what we need to know. For example,
you probably know where to get a good hot dog or how to find out what's
playing at the movies or whose turn it is to do the dishes.
However, what seems pretty natural for day to day living doesn't always
seem to be as easy when it comes to writing a paper or completing a research
assignment. In addition to 24/7,
here are some web sites that can help you to become an information literate
learner. Remember: Information is Power!
libraries around the country are also interested in helping their students
learn more about the research process. Look how these libraries are helping
their students to become information literate.
the Information Age
the librarians at Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania
the Information You Need:A
by librarians at Moraine Valley Community College Library in Palos Hill,
the Library:A Tutorial
the librarians at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold, Maryland