To the information literate student

Graduation cake

Image By David Goehring from San Francisco, CA, USA (Graduation Cake Guy) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Graduation brings to mind lifelong learning.  Lifelong learning brings to mind the phrase “information literate student” from the ACRL Standards (2000).  I had problems with this term.  Now the time has come to rehabilitate it.

Let’s start with the words “information literate.”  To me they implied information literacy as something achieved once and for all.  This is not the case: the information landscape is ever changing.  Let’s think of information literacy, then, as a state of mind.  In this state we keep developing our skills and habits of information use.

The word “student” also felt too restrictive.  After all, students are not the only ones who use information.  Aren’t we all students, though–of our disciplines, of teaching, of life itself?

Let us all be information literate students!  Congratulations to our graduates!


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2000).  Information literacy competency standards for higher education. Chicago, IL: Author.