North Georgia's Quality Enhancement Plan
How can anyone keep up?
Gone are the days when we could know everything there was to know about a particular subject. Fortunately, thanks to the many different formats of media and the free exchange of information, we can find what we need right at our finger tips. This sounds great until we realize the problems it brings with it. How do we know what is accurate? How do we select only what we need? How do we find what we are looking for? How do we stay informed in this information-rich world that bombards us from all directions?
Become information literate. Here at North Georgia we incorporate information literacy throughout the academic and co-curricular experience. We want you to be an informed leader in the classroom, on campus, and in the community.
What is Information Literacy (IL)?
Information literacy is the ability to know when information is needed and to access, evaluate, and use information effectively and ethically.
What information do I need?
How do I find the information?
How do I determine what is valid and useful?
What is the best use of this information?
Am I using this information in an ethical way?
"The greatest challenge facing us today is how to organize information into structured knowledge. We must rise above the obsession with quantity of information and the speed of transmission, and focus on the fact that the key issue for us is our ability to organize the information once it has been amassed, to assimilate it, to find meaning in it, and to assure its survival. And that cannot be done without reading and literacy."
(Dr. Vartan Gregorian, President of the Carnegie Corporation of New York , Keynote Address at the White House Conference on School Libraries, 2002)