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Understanding Information Literacy - September 1999

Implications for Libraries and Librarians

Librarians led the way in the early 1970s in conceptualizing the idea of information literacy and its relationship to lifelong learning. Early development of the concept of information literacy frequently focused on the future role of libraries and librarians in helping with the use and application of information (Beherens 1994).

The impact of moving from text-based learning to resource-based learning will involve heavier use of library materials and a demand for more and varied media resources, including print and nonprint. Consequently, school administrators will need to re-evaluate how funds are distributed between the textbook budget and the budget for their library media resources. Public libraries will have to coordinate more closely with schools and other learning sites to ensure sufficient access to information resources and technology for all ages and abilities and to remain a strong community resource for lifelong learning.

As information specialists, librarians will be called upon more frequently to consult with teachers and learners, and to provide training and guidance toward the sharpening of information literacy skills not only in school and academic libraries but in public and special libraries as well.

These are important considerations for all types of libraries given the range of patrons who use these libraries and given that the linking of library holdings and the stepped up demand for resource sharing among libraries escalates the importance (and costs) of interlibrary loans.


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