Information Literacy - Statement

CILIP endorsed the Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy in 2011 and in doing so accepts the vision outlined in the proclamation as CILIP's statement on information literacy.

Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy

The Alexandria Proclamation believes information literacy lies at the core of lifelong learning. It believes information literacy empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals. The proclamation goes further in that it believes that information literacy is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion of all nations.

In affirming this vision CILIP seeks:

  • To promote fair and equitable access to quality information necessary to support people in making life choices
  • To ensure that the library and information workforce has the skills and knowledge to teach and promote information literacy
  • To advocate the value of information literacy within Government and all economic sectors; private, voluntary, charitable and public
  • To ensure that information literacy has a recognised role in the skills development agenda
  • To campaign for all people to have the opportunity to learn the information skills necessary to be effective in all aspects of their lives
  • To engage with international work on information literacy
  • To work in partnership with other key organisations to deliver this vision