Also referred to as "Information Competency" or "Information Fluency"
From the ALA Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report, released January 10, 1989:
"To be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. Producing such a citizenry will require that schools and colleges appreciate and integrate the concept of information literacy into their learning programs and that they play a leadership role in equipping individuals and institutions to take advantage of the opportunities inherent within the information society. Ultimately, information literate people are those who have learned how to learn. They know how to learn because they know how knowledge is organized, how to find information, and how to use information in such a way that others can learn from them. They are people prepared for lifelong learning, because they can always find the information needed for any task or decision at hand."
Additional standards and guidelines on information literacy for academic libraries may be found on the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) website, www.ala.org/acrl/standards.