The Library at the Center of the Web: Information Literacy across the Curriculum in an Age of Connectivity and Chaos
"Web" is identified with both the World Wide Web and the broader web of culture and fields of knowledge. The library is where all disciplines converge and is by its nature a force of order in the face of anarchical trends. Information literacy is the ability to both navigate and evaluate information. Like writing, information literacy is process-oriented and fundamental across the curriculum. "Connectivity and chaos" describes the way technology has created links as well as disorder. The context in which information literacy must be achieved is characterized by the rise of the Internet, proliferation of technologies, shifting demographics, and information overload. Information literacy programs should aim to demystify technology, incorporate collaborative/active learning techniques, pursue faculty involvement, and emphasize research as a process. Examples are cited from bibliographic instruction programs at St. Olaf College (Minnesota), the State University of New York, Montana State University, and the University of Washington.