Education leaders want change: Information literacy requires teacher training, accountability

July 1989
American Libraries;Jul/Aug89, Vol. 20 Issue 7, p708
Trade Publication
This article highlights the national invitational symposium entitled Information Literacy and Education for the 21st Century: Toward an Agenda for Action, held in Leesburg, Virginia from April 14 to 16, 1989. At the symposium, representatives of 36 key educational institutions and organizations concluded that the U.S. must re-examine the way it approaches public education. Co-sponsored by the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science and American Library Association's (ALA) American Association of School Librarians, the symposium resulted in a series of recommendations centering on teacher training and accountability, the way schools are administered and funded, and the organization of school library media programs. The results of the symposium will be distributed to participant organizations and other educational groups for review, endorsement, and action. Among the organizations and groups represented are the American Federation of Teachers, Library of Congress, National Council of Teachers of English, National Parents and Teachers Association, and the ALA Presidential Committee on Information Literacy. A draft report of the initial recommendations will be issued later in 1989.


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