“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.”

The Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education by the Association of College and Research Libraries

The librarians at Carleton College collaborate with faculty and the greater campus community to develop students’ research skills and strategies. We teach information literacy concepts in both classroom visits and research consultations. We foster research practices that will help students succeed in individual courses, their majors, and in their lives after Carleton.

Together Carleton and St. Olaf libraries have adopted a joint statement on information literacy:

Carleton and St. Olaf librarians provide leadership in information literacy, an essential foundation to the liberal arts. Information literacy underscores the importance of authoritative and credible information, equips students to adapt to an ever-changing information landscape, and instills the capacity for critical thinking and lifelong learning. These abilities are at the heart of our educational mission, and we work in partnership with faculty and staff to foster them on our campuses.