Information literacy project - Overview

We are integrating information literacy into key areas of our activity and developing relevant policies. Our focus is on two specific areas within information literacy: digital inclusion and information literacy in the learning environment.


  • For CILIP to be seen as a key stakeholder and participant in information literacy across a range of issues.
  • To develop a suite of associated policies regarding information literacy
  • To integrate information literacy into key areas of CILIP activity.
  • To gain a broader acceptance amongst our membership that information literacy is one of the profession's key 'public goods' and that all members have a role in contributing to it in their professional work.

Digital inclusion

Digital inclusion is the use of technology to improve people's life chances. It also includes issues around the ethical use of information, e-safety and the wider social justice agenda.

We seek to promote fair and equitable access to quality information necessary to support people in making life choices and for their full participation in society. With the push to deliver government services on a 'digital by default' basis, there is a need to make sure that people have the right skills and motivation to use the technology available.

Learning environment

Lifelong learning is at the heart of the Alexandria Proclamation on information literacy which was endorsed by CILIP in 2012. Part of our focus will be to advocate for all people to have the opportunity to learn the information skills necessary to be effective in all aspects of their lives.

Information Literacy Steering Group

The work of the project is overseen by the Information Literacy Steering Group:

  • Barbara Band (Chair)
  • Nancy Graham
  • Darren Smart
  • Natasha Choolhun
  • Liz McGettigan
  • Elizabeth Bentley
  • Charlie Inskip

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