Information Literacy, a Sine Qua Non of the Learning Environment, and a Moral Imperative for Educators

Lester J. Pourciau


Rarely does a day go by in the journalistic literature of education in the western hemisphere without some article promoting and encouraging or announcing enhanced utilization of the Internet and the World Wide Web into the teaching duties and responsibilities of educators. The vast majority of this literature addresses neither questions or permanency of digitally recorded information, nor the topic of information literacy. This paper will provide a definition of information literacy, an outline for an information literacy program, and will offer the argument that educational institutions of all kinds, no matter where located, are under an ethical obligation to ensure that graduates of their programs are indeed information literate human beings.