Purdue Libraries hosts meeting of National Forum on Information Literacy

May 12, 2010

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL) will host its annual spring meeting at Purdue University on Friday (May 14).

The NFIL is a national group whose mission is to encourage collaboration and advocacy around information literacy across the four sectors of government, business, education, and health.

The NFIL defines information literacy as "the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand." The spring meeting will include speakers on agricultural information literacy, health literacy, and lifelong learning, drawing on faculty experts from Purdue and the state of Indiana.

Purdue was selected to host the meeting in recognition of the establishment of the W. Wayne Booker Chair in Information Literacy, a position held by Dr. Sharon Weiner since June 2009. Weiner also serves as vice president of the NFIL.

"This meeting helps further the national discussion on information literacy," says Weiner. "The meeting is open to all who are interested in information literacy and creates opportunities for networking and collaboration around issues that are increasingly important to our society in the digital age."

Registration for the meeting is available at http://www.conf.purdue.edu/infolit. More information about the National Forum on Information Literacy is available at http://www.infolit.org  

Contact: Sharon Weiner, 765-496-3128, sweiner@purdue.edu