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PIL Provocation Series: “Information Literacy for Mortals”

The CILIP Information Literacy Group (ILG) and the LILAC Conference are delighted to have been enlisted as Champions of the Project Information Literacy initiative, “The PIL Provocation Series”.

As a a valued Champion of the Project Information Literacy (PIL) Provocation Series, I’m delighted to send you a link to our latest essay, “Information Literacy for Mortals,” by Mike Caulfield, a research scientist at the Center for an Informed Public at the University of Washington.
In this timely essay, Caulfield claims that today’s college students are encouraged to approach information using strategies rooted in the Enlightenment idea that all can be discovered through rigorous investigation. But he continues that students who learn a simple process for deciding where to spend their attention can quickly determine what information to trust – and how to trust their own judgment, especially when looking for civic information in their everyday lives.

As with all PIL publications, the essays in this series are open access to encourage sharing and discussion. Ultimately, the goal is to improve teaching and learning while suggesting new avenues for inquiry and experimentation. In the coming week, we will be sending you Discussion Group Questions.

Alison J. Head, Ph.D.

Visit the Project Information Literacy website for further information, or contact Alison Head, Director, Project Information Literacy,

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