Communications in Information Literacy, Vol 5, No 2 (2011)

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Re-conceptualizing Access: The New Role of Information Literacy in Post-Secondary Education

Jennifer Andreae, Erin Anderson


In this paper, we propose a new conceptual model of access in which information literacy plays a vital role in understanding and utilizing information to its fullest potential. The traditional approach, where access is equated to a static item (such as a computer lab or a list of links on a website), limits post-secondary students in their capacity to effectively navigate through the ever expanding plethora of information. Our new model, in which technological and information literacies are equally combined to form a true access outcome, offers a simple framework for post-secondary institutions to re-conceptualize access.

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