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Information Literacy Demystified

What is Information Literacy?

Information literate people will demonstrate an awareness of how they gather, use, manage, synthesise and create information and data in an ethical manner and will have the information skills to do so effectively. 

The CQUniversity Library has adapted the SCONUL Seven Pillars of Information Literacy Core Model for Higher Education to inform our information literacy practice.

The SCONUL Model is useful because it defines attitudes and behaviours (i.e. understandings) as well as core skills and competences (i.e. abilities) associated with the seven ‘pillars’ of information literacy development – identify, scope, plan, gather, evaluate, manage and present.  These abilities and understandings will be used as the Library plans information literacy support.

A graphical presentation of the seven "understandings" is shown below.