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Organizations are taking a stronger position on promoting information literacy awareness and workforce readiness skills. The National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL) embarked on a campaign in 2012 for statewide awareness. The goal is to get each state in the United States to proclaim the importance of information literacy. At the writing of this article, the NFIL web site lists some 22 states and 1 territory that have issued such proclamation. Another 17 states have proclamation requests in the works (infolit.org). The Partnership for twenty first century Skills continues to nationally promote readiness and critical thinking. It currently has 19 states working toward “standards and practices for twenty first century education to prepare students to graduate ready for the challenges of an interconnected global workforce” (pil.org). Other research focuses on preparing future employees for the business world. Two Educational Testing Services researchers examined business schools' curriculum for evidence of information literacy. Ali and Katz found limited integration of information and computer technology (ICT) skills. The authors' work places the importance of infusing ICT in the curriculum (Ali and Katz 2010), proof that pre-service training must prepare future employees for the workplace.
It is evident that information literacy has begun to emerge as an important skill. Organizations are promoting the awareness of such a need nationwide. Academic librarians are creatively seeking ways to get students to become information literate, integrating twenty first concepts as stimulators for learning. Companies continue to demand a level of readiness that include information literacy and integrated ICT skills. Clearly, as technology continues to permeate our lives through handheld smart devices, the access to information will continue the demand that information seekers become information literate users. Perhaps the United States will lead the world in making this demand.
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