Measure your students’ information literacy competency
with the Information Literacy in Technology (iLIT)

What is iLIT?

Students today are faced with a technology-driven academic environment, one in which they must have the information literacy skills necessary to succeed. The iLIT assessment was developed to assess a student’s ability to access, evaluate, incorporate, and use academic information.

CSPlacement developed the iLIT collaboratively by Test Development Experts and experienced Psychometricians, with California Community College and California State University Librarians serving as Subject Matter Experts.

The test is based on the Standards set forward and developed by the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) in their monograph Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education

What is Information Literacy?

Information literacy is defined by ACRL as a set of abilities to “recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”

Why is Information Literacy important in the contemporary environment?

In ACRL’s view “the contemporary environment is categorized by rapid technological change and proliferating information resources. Because of the escalating complexity of this environment, individuals are faced with diverse, abundant information sources - and increasingly, information comes to individuals in unfiltered formats, raising questions about its authenticity, validity, and reliability.  Information is available through multiple media, including graphical, aural, and textual, and these pose new challenges for individuals in evaluating and understanding it.” ACRL believes “the uncertainty and expanding quantity of information pose large challenges for society.”

What is ACRL’s position on the need for and definition of Information Literacy?

“Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning.  It is common to all disciplines, to all leaning environments, and to all levels of education. It enables learners to master content and extend their investigations, become more self-directed and assume greater control over their own learning.  An information literate individual is able to:”

  • Determine the extent of information needed.
  • Access the needed information and its sources critically.
  • Evaluate information and its sources critically.
  • Incorporate selected information into one’s knowledge base.
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the use of information, and access and use the information ethically and legally.

Key Features of iLIT

  • The iLIT assessment is a mix of multiple choice and performance based questions.
  • Students, faculty, and staff receive immediate test results upon completing the test.
  • Questions quickly and efficiently test a student’s basic knowledge of the ACRL Standards for Information Literacy.
  • Faculty and staff are empowered to set the cut score for passing each Standard area.
  • The iLIT assessment is administered through a secure Internet connection with minimal setup and system requirements.
  • Students take the assessments using campus computers in a secure, proctored environment.
  • iLIT possesses extensive reporting capabilities.
  • Scores are released to candidate and college’s designated recipient.
  • Provide data for Outcomes Assessment efforts by determining the level to which students master skills.
  • CSPlacement offers quick and professional technical and customer support, provided by staff with educational experience.
  • iLIT is an inexpensive assessment designed and priced for testing an entire entering class.

Sample Test Question Alignment to ACRL Standards:

iLIT Question

Use ERIC ... to search for the article “Talking with Children about Natural Disasters.”

ACRL Standard

Differentiates between the types of sources cited and understands the elements and correct syntax of a citation for a range of sources. 

Identifies citation elements for information sources in different formats (e.g., book, article, television program, Web page, interview)

ACRL Standard

1) Use ERIC online to search for a specific item.

2) Know how to read bibliographic information in an online database in order to recognize what type of publication is described.

3) Know the bibliographic elements needed to write a citation for that publication. 

NOTE: This item requires use of a real Web database in real time to identify a real article

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