Information competence in the CSU: empowering students for personel freedom and lifelong learning

With the increased rate of acceptance and use of information technologies in higher education and in the workplace, the importance of educating students in information competence skills has become more apparent. Information competence is defined as the integration of library literacy, computer literacy, media literacy, technological literacy, ethics, critical thinking, and communications skills. The CSU has identified information competence as an essential set of skills for college students. This article discusses the importance of teaching information competence skills to all college students, and looks at current information competence initiatives in the CSU system.