Information Literacy Competency

The development of Champlain's new common Core Curriculum provides a wonderful opportunity to integrate Information Literacy skills and outcomes throughout the four-year educational experience. As a first step, Champlain has developed the following set of information literacy skills and outcomes. [Download a printable version in PDF format]

Technology and Information Literacy Competency

Defining the Topic or Task

  • Identifies questions for investigation; narrow and formulate focus.
  • Identifies keywords and related terms.
  • Identifies the purpose, audience, and potential use of possible information resources (e.g., primary vs. secondary, popular vs. scholarly, current vs. historical).
  • Defines a realistic overall plan and timeline to acquire the needed information

Considering the Possible Sources

  • Identifies the differences between potential resources in variety of formats and modes of access.
  • Articulates the potential usefulness of a variety of sources towards a specific purpose; recognizes the implications of using a particular source.
  • Selects efficient, appropriate, and effective approaches for accessing the information needed.

Selecting Sources

  • Compares, and evaluates information based on selected criteria including reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view;
  • Recognizes bias, prejudice, deception, or manipulation among sources.
  • Identifies and notes the source of the information for citations or repeated retrieval.

Interpreting and Using Information

  • Locates, analyzes, evaluates, and synthesizes relevant information from within chosen sources.
  • Takes notes, annotates, or stores information for later use.
  • Describes criteria used to make information decisions and choices.  Determines whether to incorporate or reject viewpoints encountered.
  • Assesses the quantity and quality of selected information to determine whether alternative information should be sought or utilized.  Revises search strategy and seeks more information.
  • Combines new information with existing knowledge to generate new ideas and address the particular problem or question


  • Uses documentation style recognized by the discipline to share sources of information
  • Attributes work by others accurately and appropriately to avoid plagiarism and recognize intellectual property of others.

Responsible Use of Technology

  • Chooses appropriate times, places, and situations to use or not use technology.
  • Uses technology tools to store, organize, present, convey, and respond to information effectively and efficiently.
  • Selects technology tools and uses them effectively and responsibly to participate meaningfully in Champlain and broader learning communities.

Implications and Consequences of Technology and Information

  • Contextualizes information and/or experiences in terms of the cultural, socio-economic, legal, ethical, and/or physical implications of technology or information
  • Practices safe, legal, and responsible use of information and technology.
  • Develops a self-learning approach to technology; be prepared to adapt to new technologies.

Updated 1/25/10