ERIC Number: ED315074
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. Final Report.
American Library Association, Chicago, IL.
This discussion of information literacy as a tool for achieving professional and personal goals argues that information literacy for individuals is a means of becoming empowered, i.e., being able to find and make sense of information to refute or verify expert opinion, without being utterly dependent on others for information. The value of being information literate in business is demonstrated through examples of losses or near losses to businesses that did not know how to find or use information effectively. Information literacy is also defined as a central element in the practice of democracy, with responsibilities on both the side of the government to make information available, and on the side of citizens to make use of the information as part of political decision making. A new model for education is suggested, based on the information resources of the real world (e.g., online databases, videotapes, government documents, and journals), and on learning that is active and integrated rather than passive and fragmented. The dynamics of an information age school are also discussed. Six recommendations for actions that would enable the United States to reap the benefits of the Information Age conclude the report. (12 references) (SD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Library Association, Chicago, IL.