The Roots and Future of Information Literacy:

Reflections from 11+Years Working with Paul G. Zurkowski, Esq.

Authors

  • Jeffrey JK Kelly Founding President Universal Information Literacies Association

Keywords:

Creative thinking, critical thinking, global, information literacy, nonprofit, Paul George Zurkowski, Esq, educational public charity, sustainable, thinking critically, Universal Information Literacies Association (UiLA)

Abstract

Abstract: As we approach the 50th anniversary in 2024 of first Information Industry Association president Paul Zurkowski’s 30-page information literacy founding report to the U.S. Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Washington, DC USA where he publicly identified, named and defined information literacy (IL, InfoLit), it is important to reflect on the roots, development and future of IL. Reflections are based on 11+ years learning, working and traveling with Mr. Zurkowski until his passing in January of 2022. Mr. Zurkowski’s “Report to the Commission” “The Information Service Environment Relationships and Priorities” that launched IL in 1974 at the dawn of the Information Age as part of the National Program for Library and Information Services designated as “Related Paper Number 5”, is even more relevant today and will be presented and explored including his quotes on democracy, active citizenship, and libraries in context of IL. Lastly, the key events that led to starting an international professional nonprofit educational public charity association to represent IL professionals worldwide, the growing international IL community and how to increase critical thinking through IL, the Universal Information Literacies Association (UiLA), will also be presented.

Keywords: Creative thinking; critical thinking; global; information literacy; nonprofit; Paul George Zurkowski, Esq.; educational public charity; sustainable; thinking critically; Universal Information Literacies Association (UiLA)

References

References

Zurkowski, P. G., Kelly, JK, (2014). Zurkowski’s 40 Year Information Literacy Movement Fueling the Next 40 Years of Action Literacy: Empowering We the People in the Information Age. All Good Literacies press, Washington, DC, 46.

Zurkowski, P. G., Kelly, JK, (2014). Zurkowski’s 40 Year Information Literacy Movement Fueling the Next 40 Years of Action Literacy: Empowering We the People in the Information Age. All Good Literacies press, Washington, DC, 45-46.

Zurkowski, P. G., (1974). The Information Service Environment Relationships and Priorities, original document report page 30.

Literacy: Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/literacy.

Zurkowski, P. G., Kelly, JK, (2014). Zurkowski’s 40 Year Information Literacy Movement Fueling the Next 40 Years of Action Literacy: Empowering We the People in the Information Age. All Good Literacies Press, Washington, DC, 28.

Zeilinger, A., (2011). Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture titled, “Quantum Games and Quantum Information” from the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa. From the slide at the 48:18-minute mark of the video: https://youtu.be/s3ZPWW5NOrw.

Zurkowski, P. G., Kelly, JK, (2014). Zurkowski’s 40 Year Information Literacy Movement Fueling the Next 40 Years of Action Literacy: Empowering We the People in the Information Age. All Good Literacies press, Washington, DC, 26-27.

Zurkowski, P. G., Kelly, JK, (2014). Zurkowski’s 40 Year Information Literacy Movement Fueling the Next 40 Years of Action Literacy: Empowering We the People in the Information Age. All Good Literacies press, Washington, DC, 17.

Zurkowski, P. G., (2021). Western Balkan Information and Media Literacy International Conference Keynote Presentation Video, “DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY: From the Book to Information Literacy.” From the 7:22-minute mark of the video: https://youtu.be/IzoC4nyabVI

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Published

2023-10-02

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