Report of High-Level Colloquium on Information Literacy & Lifelong Learning Available

Seeking practical means for promoting social inclusion within today�s Information Society, the report of a recent meeting of leaders from around the world was released today. 

The report of the High-Level Colloquium on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning was held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt on 6-9 November 2005, and sponsored by the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL) and the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA).

Building on an earlier meeting in Prague, the report challenges international and national organizations to move beyond the concern of �Information for All� to �Information Literacy for All� arguing that the existence of information holds little to no value to people who do not know what information they need much less how to locate, evaluate and effectively use it.

According to Abdelaziz, Senior Programme Specialist, Comminications and Information Sector of UNESCO, �Information Literacy has become a global issue and many Information Literacy initiatives have been documented throughout the world�Information Literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning.  It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments and to all levels of education��

The report makes a strong case that information literacy is part of the basic right to lifelong learning and that it is far more than a library or education issue.  The report acknowledges that Information Literacy is context specific to particular cultures and societies and finds it crucial to issues of economic development, health, citizenship and quality of life.

The report is organized according to four primary areas related to Information Literacy: Education and Learning, Health and Human Services, Business and Economic Development, and Governance and Citizenship. It highlights recommendations for empowering citizens across the globe to be information literate. The report also describes numerous activities, strategies and approaches to promote cooperation between governments, NGOs, and international organizations, as well as opportunities for implementation and future plans.

The primary organizers of the High Level Colloquium were:

  • The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), which is the international lead agency for education, the sciences, culture and communication. For more information, go to www.unesco.org
  • The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), which is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. For more information, go to www.ifla.org
  • The National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL), which is an U.S. based umbrella group of over 90 organizations from education, business, government and community service, plus international organizations.  All are committed to the empowerment of individuals in today�s information society. Combined membership in the Forum member organizations totals over 5,000,000. For more information, go to www.infolit.org
  • Copies of the report may be found at www.infolit.org

March 1, 2006 

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