ERIC Number: ED427777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Information Literacy. ERIC Digest.
Although alternate definitions for information literacy have been developed by educational institutions, professional organizations and individuals, they are likely to stem from the definition offered in the Final Report of the American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: "to be information literate, a person must be able to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate and use effectively the needed information." This ERIC Digest describes the evolution of the concept of information literacy, and goes on to discuss the following: the three predominating themes in research on information literacy; the new workplace of the future; national and state standards; K-12 educational reform and restructuring; information literacy efforts in K-12 and higher education; and information technology as the enabler of information literacy. (AEF)
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society), Information Dissemination, Information Literacy, Information Retrieval, Information Science, Information Technology, Relevance (Information Retrieval), Research, Standards, Users (Information), Work Environment
ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, 4-194, Center for Science and Technology, Syracuse, NY 13244-4100 (free while supplies last).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Information and Technology, Syracuse, NY.
Identifiers: ERIC Digests
Note: This Digest is based on "Information Literacy: Essential Skills for the Information Age," by Kathleen L. Spitzer with Michael B. Eisenberg and Carie A. Lowe.