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A proposed from Colombia on what is understood for Information Literacy

Concepts related and/or synonymic with Information Literacy (INFOLIT) according to the conceptual, linguistic and/or pedagogical position to assume:

Spanish: Alfabetización en información, Alfabetización informativa, Desarrollo de Habilidades Informativas, Competencias informacionales, Competencias en información, Competencias informativas

English: Information skills, Information competency, Information competencies, Information literacy instruction, Information literacy skills

A proposed from Colombia on what is understood for Information Literacy
(Information Literacy Education)

the teaching-learning process designed
for an individual or group of persons,

under the professional leadership and
guidance of an educational or library institution,
using different teaching strategies and learning environments
(classroom, mixed-blend learning or "virtual" / E-INFOLIT),

to be able to achieve the competences
(knowledge, skills and attitudes)
in computing, communications and information
that would enable and empower them,

after identifying and recognizing their information needs,
and applying different formats, media and physical,
electronic or digital resources,

to locate, select, retrieve, organize, evaluate,
produce, share and disseminate
in an efficient and effective way,
as well as with a critical and ethical approach
(Information Behavior)
the information that best satisfies those needs,
building upon their potentialities
(cognitive, practical and emotional)
and previous knowledge
(multiple literacies: reading and writing, functional,
visual, media, digital)

and to achieve an appropriate interaction
with other individuals and groups
(cultural practices-social inclusion),
according to the different roles and contexts involved
(educational levels, research, job-training),

for finally with all this process,
to get and share new knowledge as well as
the foundations for lifelong learning
(to which every citizen has the right)
in order to facilitate the decision-making
for personal, organizational, community and social benefits
in view of the everyday and long-term demands
(opportunities and threats)
in the current information society.

Uribe-Tirado, Alejandro (2009)
Translation with the support of: Cristobal Pasadas Ureña

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