Illustration depicting a garden of Information Literacy, the key to effective Personal Knowledge Management and Lifelong Learning.

Information Literacy is the Key to PKM and Lifelong Learning

Discover How Mastering Information Literacy Can Empower You to Thrive in Every Aspect of Life

3 min readOct 31, 2023

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In a post-industrial digital age where misinformation and information overload is becoming an increasingly prevalent problem, information literacy has gone from an advantage to a necessity.

We live in a world where the amount of information we encounter is growing daily at an exponential rate.

On the one hand, obtaining knowledge is easier than it’s ever been. You can learn anything your heart desires in the comfort of your own home.

But on the other lies the challenge of discerning the valuable from the worthless, the authentic from the misleading, the signal from the noise.

Unfortunately, this becomes more and more difficult every day.

Navigating this sea of endless information requires not only the curiosity to explore but also a structured approach to sorting through the deluge of data.

Information literacy will help you move through the digital world more easily, turning a confusing flood of information into a source of knowledge & growth.

Essential Skills for Cultivating Information Literacy

On your journey toward information literacy, you’ll want to cultivate a few different skills. Each will help you to effectively seek out quality information, understand & evaluate that information, and then use it to create something new.

  • Research: The ability to locate and identify the information you need.
  • Evaluation: The ability to effectively judge the quality, relevance, and credibility of information.
  • Critical Thinking & Sensemaking: The ability to analyze information. Peel back layers to unearth underlying assumptions and insights.
  • Communication & Writing: The ability to present information succinctly and effectively. Even if you never plan to share with others, your future self will need to understand your notes once you’ve…

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Angie Bowen

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