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GSHU 199.11 Vocation and Calling (Peterson)

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What is Digital Literacy?

The American Library Association (2011) defines Digital Literacy as " the ability to use information and  communication technologies to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information, requiring both cognitive and technical skills."  

A digitally literate person should:

  • Possesses the variety of skills – technical and cognitive – required to find, understand, evaluate, create, and communicate digital information in a wide variety of formats
  • Is able to use diverse technologies appropriately and effectively to retrieve information, interpret results, and judge the quality of that information
  • Understands the relationship between technology, life-long learning, personal privacy, and stewardship of information
  • Uses these skills and the appropriate technology to communicate and collaborate with peers, colleagues, family, and on occasion, the general public
  • Uses these skills to actively participate in civic society and contribute to a vibrant, informed, and engaged community

Source: Digital Literacy Taskforce. (2011). What is digital literacy? American Library Association. Retrieved August 8, 2022 from 

Using Digital Literacy Skills

Being digitally literate in your daily life means, simply, having the ability to locate & consume digital content, create digital content and communicate digital content (Spires & Bartlett, 2012). 

Evaluating information is an important part of locating, creating and communicating digital content.  Critical evaluation helps determine what digital content to use for any given need without being overwhelmed by a sea of information.

graphic of digital literacy skill sets as triangle points connected by critical evaluation









Graphic:  Spires, H. A. & Bartlett, M. E. (2012). Digital literacies and learning: Designing a path forward.