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4: Managing Information

Introduction

In 2004 the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) defined information literacy as, “knowing when and why you need information, where to find it, and how to evaluate, use and communicate it in an ethical manner” (CILIP 2009).

In relation to higher education, an advanced level of information literacy, which includes managing information, is regarded by many HE commentators as essential to student success (see the literature review: LearnHigher, 2009).

This section covers three key skills for HE students in relation to information management:

  • Unit 1: Selecting information
  • Unit 2: Managing information
  • Unit 3: Questioning information

Each unit presents approximately 50-60 minutes of classroom activity with students and additional information on each unit is offered in these guidance notes for tutors.

Teaching tips have been included from HE tutors who have used the exercises in the past with HE students.

Guidance Notes for Tutors