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What is Information Literacy?

Information Literacy is a set of skills regarding the ability to find & use quality information – essentially critical thinking about information, which is particularly important in today’s digitally saturated information environment. In fact, a recent survey conducted by Project Information Literacy asked employers in a variety of fields and industries to rank key competencies they sought in new college hires, and the ability to find, evaluate and use information ranked higher than even quantitative analysis and technical knowledge related to a job.

NECC has adopted Information Literacy as one of its Core Academic Skills to prepare students for the information world in which they live and work.

What is an Information Literacy Lab?

The Information Literacy Lab on the Lawrence Campus is a dedicated space for librarians and faculty to teach students about finding and evaluating information, and support student research with expert guidance and technology help.

The Information Literacy Lab Suite in Room L-151 includes:

  • Expert assistance from librarians and technology assistants
  • 24 computers with:
    • Full Microsoft Office Suite
    • Adobe X1 Reader
    • Roxio Creator Starter
    • Java
    • Windows DVD Maker, Media Player, and Media Center
  • Free B&W Printing
  • Dual-screen projection for teaching
  • Media Viewing Room with laptop hookup and DVD/VCR player
  • Group Study Room (can accommodate groups from 2-8 in size) with laptop hookup
  • Skype capabilities (with laptop)
  • Access to NECC library digital collections


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