Can anyone figure out what my topic or thesis should be for this essay? Prompt: According to the American Library Association’s Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, “An information literate individual is able to determine the extent of information needed; access the needed information effectively and efficiently; evaluate information and its sources critically; incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base; use information effectively to accomplish a specific purpose; understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use information ethically and legally.”Think about the topics and ideas discussed in the course readings as they relate to this definition of information literacy. How do the chapters on rhetoric (from the UNF Guide to Writing), the discussion of truth and post-truth in “Questing for Knowledge,” and Robert Proctor’s analysis of the production of ignorance in “Agnotology” help us to think about the topic of information literacy and how we can become more information literate? How can you assess your own knowledge and determine what you know, what you don’t know, and what you need to know? How do you determine what information is valid and what is not? Or who is a credible source information and who is not? How do you evaluate sources of information for objectivity, bias, and conflict of interest? These aren’t just abstract or hypothetical questions; they’re very practical questions about what you actually do and what you can actually do, about stances/habits of mind that you can cultivate and concrete actions that you can take: how would you assess your own current level of information literacy, and what can you do to exercise greater information literacy in your life (as a student, as a consumer, as a voter, and as an educated and thoughtful person in general)?
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