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The Prague Declaration

Magazine article Teacher Librarian

The Prague Declaration

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Forty participants from 23 countries around the world met in September for a first-of-its-kind Information Literacy Meeting of Experts to discuss the importance of information literacy for society. Organized by the US National Commission on Libraries and Information Science [NCL1S) and the National Forum on Information Literacy, and supported by UNESCO, the meeting was held in Prague, and focused on the fundamental challenge of how to empower people to benefit from existing information and communication resources and technologies in an Internet Age. Over 30 papers were commissioned for the Prague meeting by the author-participants, and served as a basis for the discussions. Both abstracts and the full papers are available at http://www.nclis.gov/libinter/infolit conf&meet/infolitconf&meet.html

The delegates at the historic conference issued "The Prague declaration: Toward an information literate society," calling on governments to take active roles in promoting information literacy among citizens, as well as urging an International Congress on Information Literacy in 2005. The Declaration is to be presented to UNESCO for adoption, and is available for download as a PDF file from http://www.nclis.gov/ libin ter/infolitconf&meet/post-info litconf&meet/PragueDeclaration.pdf

Following is the full text of the document:

The Prague Declaration: Towards an Information Literate Society

We, the participants of 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 in Prague, the Czech Republic, from 20 to 23 September 2003 propose the following basic principles on Information Literacy:

* The creation of an information society is a key to social, cultural and economic development of nations and communities, institutions and individuals in the 21st century and beyond. …

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