There are many organisations and associations around the world that have an interest and in information literacy. Here we have tried to identify them. Please let us know if we have missed an organisation off our list.
ALFINCAT is a Cataluñan working group on information literacy. The groups aims to exchange ideas, good practice, and the promotion of the information literacy agenda across Spain.
The American Library Association (ALA) supports the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the American Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) in the development of information literacy materials.
Australian and New Zealand libraries have created the Australian and New Zealand Institute for Information Literacy (ANZIIL). ANZIIL supports organisations, institutions and individuals in the promotion of information literacy and, in particular, the embedding of information literacy within the total educational process. The Institute identifies, facilitates, fosters and supports best practice in information literacy through: Professional Development; Promotion, Marketing and Advocacy; Research.
Canadian Library Association: Information literacy interest group.
Canadian Association for School Libraries: Achieving Information Literacy: Standards for School Libraries in Canada.
Canadian Research Libraries Information Literacy Portal
EnIL: The European network for Information Literacy aims to encourage discourse on Information Literacy at a European level, in order to promote the establishment of a Culture of Information in Europe. They have also created the European Observatory on IL Policies and Research.
Formist is a french language network of information literacy resources.
Vermittlung von informationskompetenz an deutschen bibliotheken (Information literacy in German libraries is a network of German university libraries committed to promoting and developing students information literacy skills.
The High-Level Colloquium on Information Literacy and Lifelong Learning held at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina on 6-9 November 2005 developed the Alexandria Proclamation on information literacy and lifelong learning. It declares that “Information Literacy and lifelong learning are the beacons of the Information Society, illuminating the courses to development, prosperity and freedom.”
The Information Literacy Meeting of Experts, organized by the US National Commission on Library and Information Science and the National Forum on Information Literacy, with the support of UNESCO, held a meeting in Prague, the Czech Republic, in 2003 and they proposed basic information literacy principles.
The International Alliance for Information Literacy aims to facilitate the sharing of information and expertise on information literacy across regions and nations of the world.
The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) have developed a Information Literacy Section the primary purpose of the Information Literacy Section is to foster international cooperation in the development of information skills education in all types of libraries. They have also created InfoLit Global a database to record information literacy materials from different parts of the world, on behalf of UNESCO.
The National Forum on Information Literacy is a broadly-based group of over 90 national (and more recently international and corporate) organizations that are committed to individual empowerment within the information society.
NordINFOLIT, The Nordic Forum for information literacy.
The Russian portal on Information Literacy and Media Education aims to promote infomation literacy and media education in Russian-speaking countries. The main target audience of the portal is teachers and students. The Portal contains electronic library of the subject works, glosasary of IL and ME terminology, collection of declarations, recomendations, etc. on the subjects, links to the external resources, online edition of the Media Education Journal, etc.
Unesco have produced an easy-to-read publication on what information literacy means. It is designed for busy public policy-makers, business executives, civil society administrators and practicing professionals and could therefore be used in advocacy work. It is called “Understanding information literacy: a primer” and is available for downloading in English or French from their website.
Vale Shared Information Literacy Committee aims to share ideas, information and materials related to information literacy among VALE member libraries.