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Information capability: The need for professional leadership

Corrall, Sheila (2003) Information capability: The need for professional leadership. Discussion Paper. UNSPECIFIED, London. (Unpublished)

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Helping people to find, appraise and use information is central to the mission of library and information professionals, who have always been involved in both providing information and facilitating access for end-users, though the style of mediation has varied in different settings. Changes in the local and global environment have made information-seeking more complex. Information skills development is a critical issue and the profession must take responsibility for ensuring both individuals and communities develop “information capability”. In the US and Australia, government recognition of information competencies has been informed by high-profile information literacy initiatives led by the profession. Neither the Library Association nor the Institute of Information Scientists [the two bodies brought together to form CILIP] were involved in this area, leaving a policy gap in the UK, though initiatives have been taken in higher education and the corporate sector. The President proposes the formation of a cross-sector working group to raise awareness, build relationships, gain recognition, and strengthen capacity. The paper concludes with an action list for the group, including development of a formal definition of information literacy, guidance on terminology, an award to celebrate excellence in the field, a new special interest group, and recommendations for professional education.


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Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Corrall, Sheilascorrall@pitt.eduSCORRALL
Monograph Type: Discussion Paper
Date: 2003
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Place of Publication: London
Institution: Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: No
Uncontrolled Keywords: Information, literacy, Information, professionals, Policy, development, Professional, associations, Professional, education, Skills, development
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Additional Information: Information literacy (IL) was adopted as the theme for her Presidential year by Sheila Corrall, the first President of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), in April 2002. This briefing paper was produced to support her presidential mission to advance information literacy in the UK.
Date Deposited: 18 May 2015 16:21
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 04:59


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