Middle States Commission on Higher Education Definition
Several skills, collectively referred to as “information literacy,” apply to all disciplines in an institution’s curricula. These skills relate to a student’s competency in acquiring and processing information in the search for understanding, whether that information is sought in or through the facilities of a library, through practica, as a result of field experiments, by communications with experts in professional communities, or by other means. Therefore, information literacy is an essential component of any educational program at the graduate or undergraduate levels.
These skills include the ability to:
(p. 42, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, Characteristics of Excellence in Higher Education, March 2009)
These are examples of information literacy assessment tools developed by West Chester University departments.
Looking for information literacy standards for your discipline? The Association of College and Research Libraries has put together a web page on Information Literacy in the Disciplines. They have compiled existing standards and guidelines, as well as articles and other information, for each disciplines.