Information Literacy Issues and Initiatives in Education, Government, Business and Industry

A Bibliography of Articles and Items from Non-Library Literature

Some of the subject headings employed to compile this bibliography were as follows: information literacy, information competency, workforce literacy, information literacy and business, information competency and business, information literacy and government, information competency and government, information competency and labor market, information literacy and labor market, information literacy and training, information literacy and economic development, critical thinking and government, knowledge worker, knowledge management, labor force and new economy, skills and information age, employers and knowledge-based economy, job readiness and information skills.


Devi, Chandra. "IT in Education: Developing Workforce of the Future." New Straits Times Press 26 July 1999: 33.
Explores the necessity of a new approach for educating knowledge workers for the world economies. Focuses primarily on forming partnerships to create and sustain the required learning communities.

ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career and Vocational Education. Provides information about publications and services in adult and continuing education and career and vocational education, including workforce preparation.

Jones, Robert T. “The New Workplace And Lifelong Learning,” Adult Learning (March-April 1997): 8, n4 18(3).
Identifies how needs for certain skills for the workforce will change the structure of education at all levels.

Mutch, A. "Information Management: A Challenge For Business Education" International Journal of Information Management 16, no.6 (Dec 1996): 445-455.
Emphasizes the need to include information management and information literacy in the business school curriculum.

National Institute for Literacy, NIFL News, Spring 1997, available at Includes an overview of "Equipped for the Future," a process for educational system reform. Outlines the roles of citizens, parents, and workers.

Norton, Melanie J. "Short Takes In The Digital Revolution." Bulletin of the American Society for Information Science 22, no. 6 (Aug/Sep 1996): 19-21. Describes the challenges of information literacy in the education of children and adults.

Shapiro, Jeremy J. and Shelley K. Hughes. " Information Literacy as a Liberal Art." Educom Review 31, no. 2 (March/April 1996), provides an overview of information literacy and defines necessary changes to higher education curricula.

Stites, Regie, Christopher Hopey, and Lynda Ginsburg.  Assessing Lifelong Learning Technology (ALL-Tech): A Guide for Choosing and Using Technology for Adult Learning National Center on Adult Literacy (January 1998), discusses adult learning and the potential roles that technology can play in helping to create learning environments ideally suited to the needs and interests of adults.


21st Century Skills for 21st Century Jobs: A Report of the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Labor, National Institute for Literacy, and the Small Business Administration (January 1999), includes a thorough description of the new skill requirements for both existing and new jobs. Also includes a survey of workforce education providers. Identifies next steps for a more educated workforce.

21st Centry Workforce Commission, reports and hearings of an independent commission, appointed by the President and Congress. Examines the knowledge and skills that individuals must possess, and what educational and workforce development opportunities must be available, to allow the greatest number of Americans to successfully participate in the 21st Century Information and Technology Workforce. The hearing arvhives include a variety of perspectives from state agencies to businesses to public schools to colleges.

Fitzsimmons, J.J. "The Information Millennium," Information Society 5, no. 1, (1987): 51. Information is the key strategic resource in the new millennium. Policy issues that will play an important role in shaping the future of society include privacy protections, the role of government, intellectual property rights, and information literacy.

U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Information Network, The Occupational Information Network (O*NET) is an electronic database of occupational information that provides a common language and framework that can be accessed directly by the public as well as employers and educators. Cross-functional skills include problem identification, information gathering, information organization, synthesis/reorganization, idea generation, idea evaluation, implementation, and solution appraisal.

Business & Industry

Bruce, Christine Susan. "Workplace Experiences Of Information Literacy," International Journal of Information Management 19, no. 1 (Feb 1999): 33-47. Explores information literacy--broadly defined as the ability to recognize information needs and identify, evaluate, and use information effectively--as a core value for the business sector. Summarizes information literacy experiences of business professionals and describes interrelations between individual and organizational information literacy.

Harris, George T. "The Post-Capitalist Executive: An interview with Peter F. Drucker," Harvard Business Review 71, no. 3 (May/Jun 1993): 114-122. Practical advice for managers in the new world of business in which information is replacing authority as the primary tool of the executive. In order to gain information literacy, managers need to identify gaps in knowledge, explore their competencies, and examine both personal and professional goals.

Hays, Scott. “Basic Skills Training 101.” Workforce Apr 1999: 76-78. Provides guidelines for businesses to follow when setting up workplace skills programs, including alliances with local educational institutions, community colleges, or even private firms to develop, customize, and deliver basic training.

Jerry Kanter, "Computer-Information Literacy For Senior Management," Information Strategy 11, no. 3 (Spring 1995): 6-13. Outlines the differences between computer literacy and information literacy. Underscores the importance of attaining both for success.

Jerry Kanter, "Guidelines for Attaining Information Literacy," Information Strategy 12, no.3 (Spring 1996):6-12
Explores the concept of information literacy as a competitive advantage for business managers and end users.

Kiely, Tom. "Gunning for Value & Profit" CIO, Conference Supplement, (Sep 1, 1994): 2. CIOs must deliver business value to their organizations. In order to do this, CIOs need information literacy skills, including the "ability to distill meaning from data."

Mueller, Nancy S. "Missing the Competitive Advantage Boat," Managing Office Technology 42, no. 1 (Jan 1997): 33.
Organizational training should prepare employees to become lifelong learners and innovators. Programs should incorporate computer literacy, information literacy, and information technology literacy.


compiled by Carolyn F. Norman, Denise Sims, Ann Thornton, and Dawn Vaughn
last update: 06.13.00