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Information literacy advocacy and the public library landscape

Introduction

The importance of information literacy, in relation to lifelong learning; enabling a more informed and empowered citizenry; and, addressing the inequalities produced by the information society, has been strongly advocated at an international level. Endorsement by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) through the Prague Declaration (2003) and the Alexandria Proclamation (Garner 2006) has seen the concept of information literacy become widely disseminated among the library community. As a result, a discourse has been created that establishes the values of information literacy and situates the practice as a critical literacy in the ...

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