May 31, 2005
Draft CLA Resolution
Lisa has taken the "restaurant" version found on my blog
whereas UNESCO has identified Information Literacy as a critical to bridging the digital divide AND
whereas studies have demonstrated a relationship between library instruction and student achievement AND
whereas adequate access to information includes an understanding of how to recognize, gather, evaluate and use information effectively
whereas Information Literacy is a crucial competency in the Information Society
whereas all people have a right to education that teaches them the literacy skills required to shape their own lives and contribute to society
whereas despite the importance of Information Literacy to society and the increasing demand for library instruction in Canadian libraries, only 50% of Canadian graduate programs in library and information studies have courses devoted to library instruction and Information Literacy in their curricula, and those courses are electives only
Be it resolved that the CLA include Information Literacy in its mission and priorities and commit to advocating for the importance of information literacy with key partners and at all levels of government
Be it further resolved that the CLA encourage all libraries to develop information literacy programs
Be it further resolved that the CLA lobby government for funding in support of information literacy programming and professional development in this area
Be it further resolved that the CLA develop a program which promotes information literacy and related information literacy initiatives, with a view to educating government, educators and the general public about the importance of information literacy and librarian's role in fostering it.
Be it further resolved that the CLA form a committee designed to steer advocacy efforts for Information Literacy in Canada
Be it further resolved that CLA formally encourage library schools to incorporate classes on library instruction and information literacy into their curricula.
Be it further resolved that the CLA create an annual award recognizing key information literacy initiatives, collaborations and best practices in teaching and learning in this critical area