"The uncertain quality and expanding quantity of information pose large challenges for society. The sheer abundance of information will not in itself create a more informed citizenry without a complementary cluster of abilities necessary to use information effectively."
(ACRL, Information Literacy Defined, 2000)
Information literacy is important in all realms of life and throughout people's lives:
A core objective of education is to develop lifelong learners, or individuals capable of learning how to learn. In order to be a lifelong learner, information literacy skills are critical.
"By ensuring that individuals have the intellectual abilities of reasoning and critical thinking, and by helping them construct a framework for learning how to learn, colleges and universities provide the foundation for continued growth throughout their careers."***
"Information literacy is central to both the notion of a learning organisation and to the development of a competitive advantage for firms and for nations within the global knowledge economy.”
“Information literacy is essential for the operation of a civic society in which all people may participate.”
“Information literacy is a crucial tool in developing health and well being for all people.”
All quotations and general ideas taken from UNESCO, Toward Information Literacy Indicators (2008) with the exception of the following:
* quoted in Oman, Julie N. "information Literacy in the Workplace." Information Outlook 5:6 (June 2001) 35.
**From Hidden Cost of Information Work, a 2005 survey of 600 financial services, healthcare, manufacturing and government organizations.
*** ACRL, Information Literacy and Higher Education