Introduction

The library isn’t the building anymore. It’s the world..
- Pamela Kramer -
Deputy Executive Director
American Association of School Libraries


As the millennium approaches, it is clear we have moved from the Industrial Age and are well into the Information Age. The amount of information available to us is daunting! And it is no longer neatly housed within an orderly library! It is everywhere.....and in many formats: print formats such as books and magazines, electronic formats such as computer databases and laser videodiscs, and on the worldwide Internet.

Users of information face many questions:

These questions represent the information problem solving skills which students will need to be successful in an information-based society and a technological workplace.

Information literate people are those who have learned how to learn. They know how to learn because they know how knowledge is organized, how to find information, and how to use information in such a way that others can learn from them. They are people prepared for lifelong learning, because they can always find the information needed for any task or decision at hand.

Information literacy is the goal.




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