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Information Competency Defined

On May 25, 2006, the SBCC Board of Trustees approved the addition of an Information Competency as a local General Education requirement and Liberal Studies Degree requirement. Required of ALL new to college and new transfer students entering SBCC in Fall 2007 and after. Also required of all students who were enrolled at SBCC before Fall 2007, stopped attending for one semester or more, and returned to SBCC in Fall 2007 or after to complete degree requirements. Exception: Information Competency is required effective Summer 2006 for Liberal Studies majors. This requirement cannot be waived.

Information literacy/competency is a set of abilities requiring individuals to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.” Information literacy is increasingly important in the contemporary environment of rapid technological change and proliferating information resources. It forms the basis for lifelong learning and is common to all disciplines and learning environments. The definition if further explained by five key skills. A student who is information literate/competent is able to:
  1. Determine the nature and extent of the information needed
  2. Access the needed information effectively and efficiently
  3. Evaluate information and its sources critically and incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base
  4. Use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose
  5. Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally

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