ERIC Number: ED337192
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
The White House Conference on Library and Information Services 1991. Theme Statements.
Shea, Quinlan J., Jr.
This paper discusses the roles and responsibilities of the delegates to the 1991 White House Conference on Library and Information Services (WHCLIS2), which revolve around the three conference themes: Literacy, Democracy, and Productivity. These themes form the three major sections of this paper. The first section discusses how library and information services can be used to fight both total and functional illiteracy. An expanded definition of literacy is referred to which is inclusive of a wide range of literacies, i.e., cultural, information, technical, computer, and global. The second section notes that national productivity must increase in order to improve and maintain U.S. economic strength. It is observed that information has become an important element to U.S. economic activity, and it is only through equitable access to information that an increase in national productivity can occur. The third section argues that information is the basis upon which a democratic government makes decisions, and that information is also the basis for the monitoring of the actions of government by the populace. It is posited that both the public and the government need access to accurate information in order to ensure democracy's survival. Concluding the paper are eight suggested recommendations for public policy and a copy of the "Principles of Public Information," a statement adopted by the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science on June 29, 1990. (MAB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: White House Conference on Library and Information Services.