Community College Students’ Perceptions of Their Information Literacy Needs

Don Latham, Melissa Gross, Heidi Julien, Felicia Warren, Lindsey Moses

Abstract

Semistructured interviews were conducted with community college students in Florida and New York, two diverse states with robust community college systems, to explore their self-perceptions of their information literacy (IL) needs. Findings indicate that students value IL in their personal lives, their academic work, and their careers, though it means somewhat different things to them in each of those areas. They think of IL in terms of skills rather than threshold concepts, and they feel that the most important skill is finding information, followed by evaluating information.

Keywords

information literacy, information literacy instruction, community college students, ACRL Framework

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