13.02.2008 -

"Understanding information literacy: a primer" just published by IFAP

Through this publication, UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP) explains in an easy-to-understand and non-technical fashion what "information literacy" means.

The publication targets a very diverse audience, from government officials, intergovernmental civil servants, information professionals and teachers to human resources managers in both profit or not-profit organizations.


If you only remember one paragraph from this publication, here is the one we hope it will be:

    "Over the course of your life, the more you learn and thereby come to know, but especially the sooner you master and adopt proficient learning skills, habits and attitudes - finding out how, from where, from whom and when to search for and retrieve the information that you need to know, but have not yet learned - the more information literate you thereby become. Your competency in applying and utilizing those skills, habits and attitudes will enable you to make sounder and timelier decisions to cope with your personal and family health and welfare, educational, job-related, citizenship and other challenges".

IFAP is the only intergovernmental programme exclusively dedicated to promoting universal access to information and knowledge. Information literacy is one of the priorities of the Programme.


The publication is available online in English and French:

<a href="ev.php?URL_ID=25956&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201">click here</a>.


For printed copies contact:

<a href="mailto:a.ongouya@unesco.org">Annick Ongouya</a>, UNESCO, Information Society Division.

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