ERIC Number: ED337197
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
Reference Count: N/A
The Challenge of the Information Age. White House Conference on Library and Information Services.
White House Conference on Library and Information Services.
The major challenge presented by the Information Age is equitable access to information. This challenge results from the sheer amount of information that is being produced and the rapid advances in technology for storing, organizing, and accessing this growing mass of information. One effect of these developments is an increasingly fragmented information base, large components of which are available only to people with money and/or acceptable institutional affiliations. This paper begins by discussing the importance of information literacy to individuals, businesses, and citizenship. Opportunities to develop information literacy are then described, with emphasis on the role that libraries can play in this endeavor. The paper concludes with the statement that knowledge is this country's most precious commodity, and that information literate people are America's most valuable resource. (MAB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: White House Conference on Library and Information Services.
Identifiers: White House Conference Library Info Services
Note: Excerpts from a 1989 report of the American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Presented at the Maryland Governor's Conference on Libraries and Information Services and included in materials for delegates to the White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services (2nd, Washington, DC, July 9-13, 1991). For additional conference-related materials, see IR 053 790-804.