AASL and ACRL launch discussion list for information literacy

Contact: Kathy Agarwal


Program Officer


312-280-4381


kagarwal@ala.org
ACRL Contact: Dawn Mueller


312-280-2516


dmueller@ala.org
For Immediate Release


July 27, 2005

AASL and ACRL launch discussion list for information literacy

CHICAGO – The American Association of School Librarians (AASL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) have launched INFOLIT – an electronic discussion list for information literacy. INFOLIT is a forum for school, academic and public librarians to exchange ideas on information literacy programs and experiences that demonstrate a collaborative relationship between K-12 and higher education institutions.

The INFOLIT discussion list is an initiative of the AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy, whose charge is to focus on how to prepare K-20 students to be information literate and to provide a channel of communication to the respective divisions. This interdivisional committee is a channel for sharing ideas on information literacy in K-20 environments and a source of professional development opportunities in this area. The committee focuses its work in the following areas:

  • To discuss ways to prepare K-20 students to be information literate
  • To provide a channel of communication for the respective divisions
  • To facilitate a forum for sharing ideas on K-20 information literacy
  • To be a source of professional development opportunities on information literacy

The INFOLIT discussion list is open to all school, academic and public librarians interested in discourse about information literacy topics and K-20 curriculum issues. Amy Deuink, reference/instruction librarian, Ciletti Memorial Library at Pennsylvania State University (Schuykiss Haven), moderates the list. To subscribe to the INFOLIT list, send a blank email message to <subscribe-infolit@ala.org> with your first and last name as the subject.

Alison G. Kaplan (AASL), University of Delaware (Newark), and Adis C. Beesting (ACRL), Florida International University (Miami), co-chaired the 2004-2005 AASL/ACRL Interdivisional Committee on Information Literacy. Committee members included: Kathy Boguszewski, School District of Janesville (Wis.); Jo Ann Carr, University of Wisconsin (Madison); Amy L. Deuink, Pennsylvania State University (Schuylkill Haven); Jean Donham, Cornell College Library, Mount Vernon, Iowa; Melinda Dale Greenblatt, Library Connections, Archdiocese of New York; Dee Gwaltney, Thurston High School, Redford, Mich.; Pauline D. Manaka, Langson Library, University of California (Irvine); Ilene F. Rockman, California State University (Long Beach); Pamela Snelson, F & M Library, Lancaster, Pa.; Troy Swanson, Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, Ill.

The American Association of School Librarians <www.ala.org/aasl&gt;, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library media services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library media field.

ACRL, a division of the American Library Association, represents 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic and research libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.