From an IMLS ad:

The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced that over the next year it will convene an interagency working group and facilitate the development of a resource portal linking research and practice in mastery of information to advance information literacy within communities. This information literacy task force is responsible for helping organizations address the challenges faced by people of all ages, from a lack of information literacy in many areas, from health, from climate and finance to civic engagement and public safety.

“James Madison observed in 1825 that ‘the advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true freedom.’ Today, we can further that aspiration through information literacy,” said Crosby Kemper, Director of IMLS. “This task force seeks to bring together organizations committed to empowering communities through knowledge and to education. Access to accurate information is the cornerstone of democracy, and information literacy is the tool through which everyone can participate meaningfully in our society. IMLS recognizes the need effective strategies and resources that reach communities and individuals at the local level.”

The working group will include organizations that have had to deal with uncertainty or lack of public understanding; agencies that have demonstrated innovation in communicating with the public; and/or agencies that have built capacity at the local level. IMLS invited the Ministries of Education, Justice, State and Veterans Affairs; the National Telecommunications and Information Administration; the Library of Congress; the general practitioner; and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, among others.

The federal task force will work with state and local experts to increase access to information literacy education so that children, students, adults and seniors can acquire the tools to understand and think critically about all the information that bombards them daily.

This working group is aligned with the President’s United We Stand initiative.

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ([email protected]) is a librarian, writer, consultant and frequent speaker based in the Washington DC metro area. He received his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards, including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program Alumnus of the Year. From 2006 to 2009, he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ, an innovation research consultancy that supports enterprise product and business model teams with just-in-time fact finding and insight.