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explain why the specific skills required for a person to be information literate are important for success as a student and in professional life
We live in a globalised digital world where information proliferates, uncontrolled, diverse and commodified. [ Individuals accessing information must deal with more than abundance – questions of authenticity, accuracy, ethics, reliability and applicability pose challenges for the individual and society. Our University operates within this information-rich environment and has a commitment to empowering our students to participate effectively in it. The need to acquire skills to translate information into knowledge is relevant to all disciplines. Information literacy is linked to professional
competency and gives graduates skills which extend into all areas of life.Students and academic staff generally underestimate the information literacy skills needed and overestimate the skills possessed (University of Leeds, 2003). Many students continue to rely on serendipitous internet searching rather than strategic and considered use of a range of information resources, not recognising the value of acquiring more sophisticated knowledge skills. Information literacy is an acquired skill to be learned, synthesized, practiced and applied. Information literate people know how to learn. They are prepared for lifelong learning because they know how knowledge is organised, how to find information and how to use information in such a way that others can learn from them ]
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