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Information Literacy Framework

This guide will help students better understand the information literacy concepts underlying the research process. Information Literacy includes media literacy and text-based literacy.

"Information possesses several dimensions of value, including as a commodity, as a means of education, as a means to influence, and as a means of negotiating and understanding the world. Legal and socioeconomic interests influence information production and dissemination."

"Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education," American Library Association, February 9, 2015. (Accessed July 20, 2020.)


A Fair(y) Use Tale

This video is an excellent introduction to the concept of fair use in copyright law.


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Copyright infringement penalties: "In a case where the copyright owner sustains the burden of proving, and the court finds, that infringement was committed willfully, the court in its discretion may increase the award of statutory damages to a sum of not more than $150,000. In a case where the infringer sustains the burden of proving, and the court finds, that such infringer was not aware and had no reason to believe that his or her acts constituted an infringement of copyright, the court in its discretion may reduce the award of statutory damages to a sum of not less than $200."

Fair use exemption of copyright law: "the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright."

Excerpt from Free Culture (or other Lessig piece on copyright) - Read the Introduction.


(These assignments are offered as inspirational prompts to be adapted by anyone using this guide.)

  • Discuss - What are different kinds of value? (economic, societal, personal, cultural, etc.) (Wikipedia might be a good example here - does it have economic value? Social value? Cultural value? What makes it have/not have value?)
  • Discuss the economics of scholarship (from how do scholars get paid to how much databases cost).
  • Ask students to discuss why it is important to have citations in research. (Hint: Societal value. Discuss why copyright law has the fair use exemptions it does.)
  • Discuss times when not having the information you needed caused frustration (or worse).
  • Ask students to identify how and why their personal information is valuable to others and how it is used.
  • Identify the differences between fair use, open access, and public domain.

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