SOURCE: National Forum on Information Literacy

October 09, 2006 09:00 ET

Media Advisory: 2006 Information Literacy Summit

Government, Education and Business Leaders Discuss Impact of Information Literacy on Global Society, Workforce Readiness and Public Policy

WASHINGTON, DC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 9, 2006 --

WHAT:       Renowned government, education and business leaders will engage
            in panel discussions and share their perspectives on
            information literacy and its impact on the global society,
            workforce readiness, and public policy in the United States.
            The program will begin broadly by examining information
            literacy from an international perspective and then take a
            closer look at the current status in the United States. The
            goal is to develop a comprehensive strategy on how to raise
            awareness and promote change to produce a highly skilled
            information literate society in the United States.

            The event is sponsored by the National Forum on Information
            Literacy in partnership with the Committee for Economic
            Development; Educational Testing Service (ETS); the Institute
            for a Competitive Workforce, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber
            of Commerce; and the National Education Association.

BACKGROUND: In January 2006, President Bush announced the American
            Competitiveness Initiative (ACI), calling for new advances in
            research, science and technology with an emphasis on improving
            the nation's education system and its workforce. This
            initiative can only be successful in so far as policy-makers,
            business leaders and educators address the reality that
            America's economic growth and world leadership depends on its
            ability to advance technologically and empower people to make
            effective use of information gained through technology.
            Students will contribute to this workforce; they need to know
            how to use ever-evolving technology to locate, evaluate, manage
            and use information effectively.  The 2006 Information Literacy
            Summit will address these issues.

WHEN:       Monday, Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

WHERE:      National Education Association, Auditorium (lower level)
            1201 16th St. NW, Washington, DC 20036

WHO:        Esteemed panelists include:
            --  Abdelaziz Abid, UNESCO
            --  Patrick M. Callan, The National Center for Public Policy
                and Higher Education
            --  Les Francis, Goddard/Claussen Strategic Advocacy
            --  Margaret Honey, Education Development Center
            --  Jan Magill, Institute for a Competitive Workforce
                (affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce)
            --  Lorie Roth, California State University
            --  Andrea L. Taylor, Microsoft Corporation
            --  Robert Wedgeworth, ProLiteracy Worldwide
            --  Ralph Wolff, Western Accrediting Commission for Senior
                Colleges and Universities

RSVP:       For an agenda and additional information, please visit
   To RSVP, contact Julia Weede at
   or 212-715-2222.
About The National Forum on Information Literacy

The National Forum on Information Literacy was created in 1989 as a response to the recommendations of the American Library Association's Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. These education, library, and business leaders stated that no other change in American society has offered greater challenges than the emergence of the Information Age. Information is expanding at an unprecedented rate, and enormously rapid strides are being made in technology for storing, organizing, and accessing the ever-growing tidal wave of information. An information literate workforce is needed to employ this information to the greatest possible advantage. For more information, visit

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