Information Literacy and Democracy | Information and press center


CHICAGO – We are all inundated with information. Much of it is useful, valuable or rewarding. But many of them are of questionable quality and provenance, even downright dangerous. Misinformation is part of the mix. The ability to make the most of the flow of information, to find it, interpret it and use it, and in particular to develop a critical mindset towards it, requires skills, know-how, judgment and trust – this is the premise of information literacy. This is true for many aspects of human activity, including education, work, health and personal enrichment. This is also especially true for gaining an understanding of the wider world, for arriving at informed opinions, for recognizing prejudice and disinformation, and thus playing a role as active citizens in democratic life and society. “Informed Societies: Why Information Literacy Matters for Citizenship, Participation and Democracy,” published by Facet Publishing and available through ALA Store, is a unique, groundbreaking, multidisciplinary book that explores how information literacy can help foster attitudes, habits and practices that underpin informed citizenship. Edited by Stéphane Goldstein, its 13 chapters each come from a particular perspective and are written by international experts representing a range of fields, including information literacy itself but also political science, pedagogy, the sciences. of information and psychology. Among the topics covered are:

  • why information literacy and informed citizens are important for healthy and democratic societies;
  • the relationship between information literacy and political science;
  • the relationship between information literacy and human rights;
  • how information literacy can help foster citizenship, participation, empowerment and civic engagement in different contexts: students, refugees, older people and in society at large;
  • information literacy as a means of combating disinformation and fake news; and
  • the challenges of mastering information within the framework of national public policies.

Goldstein is the Executive Director of InformAll, which through research, analysis and facilitation promotes the relevance, importance and benefits of Information Literacy in the world of libraries and beyond. of the. He is the author of reports, articles and other material on the relevance and applicability of IL to a range of settings, particularly in the context of the workplace. He is a strong advocate of IL, and as such, negotiates relationships between information professionals and other stakeholders, and facilitates joint projects. Previously, he spent 10 years at the Research Information Network (RIN), where he led information literacy activities; There he was also responsible for project management and policy formulation in the broad area of ​​information as input and output to the research process. Previously, he held various positions in research science and policy at the Medical Research Council and Research Councils UK.

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