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Understanding Information Literacy - September 1999


The challenges of the next century will be met by obtaining economic value from knowledge and by ensuring that our now and future workforce can contribute and perform. As foreseen many years ago by Peter Drucker (1969), "The most important thing [people] will have to learn is how to learn. The most important thing, in other words, is not specific skills, but a universal skill--that of using knowledge and its systematic acquisition as the foundation for performance, skill, and achievement."

The recent passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 heralded a new age of educational opportunity for our nation's school children, college students, and library users. The Act promotes universal service, particularly telecommunications services to underserved rural and urban areas. It opens up new avenues of information and makes information more accessible, perhaps thereby helping to increase and improve information literacy. The information superhighway has increased public interest in ways to empower people to access electronic networks and use information available through them. A lot of promises are being made about the boon to education offered by new information technology--but providing the complementary skills needed to convert opportunity to success must be the province of all educators.


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