n Innovation : journal of appropriate librarianship and information work in Southern Africa - Editorial

Volume VOL, Issue 41
  • ISSN : 1025-8892



This issue of returns to the much researched and published concept and activity of information literacy. It is 36 years since Paul Zurkowski used the phrase 'information literacy' when he was president of the Information Industry Association. In the published literature since then, 'information literacy' has become the most popular of the range of terminologies employed to describe user education, library instruction and library literacy to name but a few activities that libraries in particular, engage in (Pinto, Cordon and Diaz 2010: 3-19). In a report to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, Zurkowski (1974: 1) wrote about the permeation of information literacy through all spheres of society, formal and informal. He referred to the search for information as an internalised process driven by particular needs and circumstances:

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