Defining Information Literacy
To be literate is to know how to read. When compounded with another term, literacy means competent or knowledgeable in that area (in other words the ability to "read" that topic). Some examples of "literacies" include:
financial literacy -- computer literacy -- cultural literacy -- media literacy -- emotional literacy
and INFORMATION LITERACY
To be information literate, is to be competent or knowledgeable about information -- understanding what information is and how it's classified, having the ability to find, evaluate information and select highest quality information, and then knowing how to use and share information responsibly and effectively
What is information literacy?
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.
FINDING -- EVALUATING -- USING -- CREATING -- SHARING
"Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education", American Library Association, February 9, 2015. http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework