Developing and Assessing Student Information Literacy Competency


  • Marian W. Boscia
  • Michele M. Mcgowan


Business professionals work in a dynamic environment in which research, new technologies, and experience all contribute to the evolving nature of their knowledge. These professionals must be competent to access new information, evaluate the source of this information for suitability and credibility, and be familiar with the many resources available to search for information. American Library Association defines information literacy as the set of skills needed to acquire, evaluate, and use information [American Library Association, 2006a]. It is essential for business students to develop sound information literacy competencies. This paper present a group exercise designed to develop and assess students’ ability to acquire information from a variety of sources and to make judgments about the usefulness of the sources and the information acquired.