Information literacy has become an essential skill for academic and professional success in the 21st century. Working to develop strong information literacy skills is imperative, as free-but-unverified sources of information compete with authoritative sources.
At the MSU Libraries, librarians are the best resource for learning advanced search skills, criteria for judging the currency and dependability of information, and understanding the legal and ethical issues in gathering and using information. They offer free sessions on research skills as well as one-on-one consultations with subject specialists for various majors.
MSU students take these information literacy skills with them into the workplace after graduation. Employers expect new hires to be able to find accurate, reliable sources of information in an ocean of possibilities.