American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Committee on Information Literacy

Final Report (January 1989). Declared information literacy, at the "emergence of the Information Age," a necessity for any productive citizen in the information society.

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 report recommends dedication of pedagogy to active learning and development of "lifelong, independent and self-directed learners"; but it places much greater emphasis upon resource-based or tool-based learning than upon inquiry-guided, problem-based or evidence-based learning, and it responds more adequately to the needs of K-12 education than to the more advanced and discipline-specific demands of higher education.

A Progress Report on Information Literacy: An Update on the American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information Literacy: Final Report (March 1998). Only a few of the reported developments in response to the 1989 Final Report's recommendations are of interest to academic communities:


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by Boris Teske, Prescott Memorial Library,
Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA 71272