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NFIL Mission Statement

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Information Literacy Pioneers and Champions

Information Literacy Pioneers and Champions

The mission of the  National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL) is to promote and mainstream information literacy at home and abroad.  In doing so, we provide programmatic research and workforce development training activities to a broad spectrum of constituencies in the following areas (1) education and learning, (2) business and economic interests, (3) health and wellness, and (4) government and citizenship.One of our primary goals is to develop a wide array of information literacy professional training opportunities to prepare a new cadre of leaders to become skilled practitioners of information literacy policy and practices in their respective workplaces.

“The greatest challenge facing us today is how to organize information into structured knowledge. We must rise above the obsession with the quantity of information and the speed of transmission, and focus on the fact that the key issue for us is our ability to organize the information once it has been amassed, to assimilate it, to find meaning in it and assure its survival.”

Dr. Vartan Gregorian, President, Carnegie Corporation in the keynote address presented at the White House Conference on School Libraries —June 2002

NFIL Objectives:

  • To promote the broad based systemic adoption and integration of information literacy philosophy and practice as central to America’s on-going efforts in retaining its competitive advantage in today’s world marketplace.
  • To conduct community based participatory research demonstration projects and develop new tools and strategies to support information literacy mainstreaming activities.
  • To promote accountability, ethical behavior and transparency within the context of information literacy practice.
  • To advocate the importance of information literacy in preparing people for active involvement in a democratic society.
  • To provide training and consultation services in support of mainstreaming information literacy.
  • To serve as a source of information in respect of information literacy philosophy and practice.
  • To encourage inquiry, research, experiment and publication in the fields of information literacy and lifelong learning.
  • To convene conferences, seminars, and workshops in information literacy and lifelong learning.
  • To develop and maintain relations with local, state, national, and international organizations associated with information literacy and lifelong learning.
  • To encourage the professional development of practitioners from across the wide expanse of professions and occupations in the field of information literacy.
  • To promote and encourage the advancement of information literacy training and research at the local, state, national, and international level.
  • To serve as a national leader of information literacy in the United States and abroad.