The author firmly believes that people are being wrongheaded if they think that content still rules, when the processes by which students handle information are best learned outside of the classroom. The foundational goal of information literacy is to foster the ability to handle information intuitively in whatever sphere a student occupies. Information literacy needs to be much more than database searching skills. It needs to be the means to enable students to do disciplines under the guidance of expert disciplinarians. The time is right for a wholesale shift in education that puts the ability to master information discovery and processing right into the foundation of education. If knowledge is fluid, then teaching students how to handle it well is surely a better strategy than merely filling them with content that will be obsolete five or 10 years from now. Information literacy, in an information age, is the true basis of knowing.
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