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Libraries for Users by Leticia Barrionuevo, Luisa Alvite

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User-centred libraries

Information literacy

What is information literacy?

The term information literacy (IL) appeared in studies published back in the 1990s within the world of libraries, but it did not start to be widely used until ten years later. Cuevas (2007: 25) defines the concept as ‘education in a set of competencies and skills related to the access, to use and evaluation of information’. Information literacy is closely related to digital literacy and is a key element in the networked society, the knowledge society and the society of lifelong learning. In a document entitled Towards Information Literacy Indicators published by UNESCO, Catts and Lau (2008) suggest another definition of the term. They claim that information literacy ...

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