Alternative Terms

Several other terms and combinations of terms have been also used by different authors.

For example:

  • infoliteracy,
  • informacy,
  • information empowerment
  • information competence,
  • information competency,
  • information competencies,
  • information literacy skills,
  • information literacy and skills,
  • skills of information literacy,



  • information literacy competence,
  • information literacy competencies,
  • information competence skills,
  • information handling skills,
  • information problem solving,
  • information problem solving skills,
  • information fluency, information mediacy
  • information mastery.












However, information literacy still seems to be the most popular term.

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Sirje Virkus, Tallinn University, 2009