Information literacy is the set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning. - ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education
Almost all our students have heard that not all information is created equal, but most still struggle to determine which sources are credible and which are not. Information literacy is the difference between those those who make it a habit to accept information at face value and those who interact critically with information, who can recognize misleading, out-of-date, or false information. It includes the ability to sort through data and interpret it intelligently.
From: Babson Library (2010) "Information Literacy Toolbox for Faculty." Babson Library Information Literacy Project. http://www.babsonlibrary.org/courses/Faculty-toolbox-1.html