Welcome to the Information Literacy Reflection Tool (ILRT)!
We use information literacy every day in our personal, social, and professional lives as we learn, solve problems, make decisions and communicate. Information literacy develops over time with practice and changes based on the situation. This tool is an invitation to notice and appreciate your approaches to gathering and using information, and to recognize the components that make up information literacy. It is not a test with right or wrong answers! You'll have opportunities to take the ILRT during Orientation, in courses you're enrolled in, during library instruction sessions, or on your own as you work on research projects. You'll receive a copy of your responses each time you take it so that you can compare and reflect on how and why your responses may change over time or in different contexts.
The ILRT consists of a curated list of statements prompting you to reflect on information use. Under each heading you'll find a representation of the concepts and strategies that make up an aspect of information literacy. You may notice some overlap as many of the statements are complementary.
There are six sections of the ILRT, and you can complete the sections in any order you'd like. If you are taking the ILRT for Orientation, you should plan to complete all six sections, but you do not need to do so in one sitting if you'd prefer to space them out. Each section takes a couple of minutes to complete, and most students complete all six sections in about 12 minutes. To begin, select a section from the list below or click one of the tabs above.
How do I approach research and inquiry?
How do I engage in scholarly conversations?
How am I strategic while searching?
How do I evaluate information creation?
How do I think critically about authority?
If you'd prefer to use a print copy of the tool, please access via the link below.
There are many ways to use the ILRT!
Here are just a few ideas:
The contact for the Information Literacy Reflection Tool at Collins Library is Peggy Burge, Associate Director for Public Services.