E-pub brings together worldwide Information Literacy resources available in 42 languages

A collection of Information Literacy (IL) Resources from around the world is now available on UNESCO’s website in e-Pub and PDF formats. The publication titled “Overview of Information Literacy Resource Worldwide” is divided into 42 language lists and includes selected resources – from websites, books, journals and other kinds of publications – that were provided by contributors from different countries and institutions and compiled by Dr Forest Woody Horton Jr.

During the last decades, a need for educational resources on Information Literacy was identified by the professional community, encouraging both UNESCO and the author to produce such a publication. Although the IL concept has been studied and promoted in many countries, resources and information on the concept and its practices were spread in different types of sources, formats and languages. Therefore, in order to provide an inclusive and multilingual approach, this e-Pub brings together contributions from IL experts from all over the world. By listing resources in several widely spoken languages, the e-Pub enables professionals, researchers and individuals from various backgrounds and nationalities to access relevant information in their native languages.

The author’s objective is that school teachers and school librarians, at the appropriate primary and secondary grade levels, team together to prepare lesson plans and tutorials to introduce information literacy training into the classroom, by using the extensive native language resources.

In addition, it is also expected that Library and Information Science faculty at higher education institutions, independent practicing IL consultants, and private sector training companies will collaborate closely to design, organize workshops to train native language IL trainers. These professionals, in turn, would plan and conduct a wide range of workshops and tutorials customized to the priority needs of their local communities. Making use of the available educational resources, they will be able to provide training ultimately to disadvantaged groups in society who may, for example, have little or no English language fluency, such as women and girls, senior citizens, migrant populations, persons with disabilities and other economically and socially marginalized groups.

Besides the 42 lists, the publication also includes the contributors’ considerations on their language specificities, an introduction on the IL concept and the translation of Information Literacy term into 46 languages.

UNESCO promotes a composite concept of Media and Information Literacy within its programme and projects. UNESCO recognizes the primary role of information and media in our everyday lives as it lies at the core of freedom of expression and access to information. It is expected that in Knowledge Societies all citizens should be able to access, evaluate, utilize, create and share information and, using various tools, to build and apply new knowledge.

The publication is available in PDF and ePubs formats. The ePub format is designed to be read on mobile devices which you can email to your mobile device (for instance, iBook on iPads).  To open the ePub on a PC, you would need to download additional software such as Calibra or Adobe Digital Editions. Alternatively, the browsers such as Firefox make it possible to download plug-ins or add-ons to view them also.