Information literacy briefings and statements

Policy Statements

CILIP endorsed the Alexandria Proclamation on Information Literacy in 2011 and in doing so accepts the vision outlined in the proclamation as CILIP's statement on information literacy.

The Alexandria Proclamation believes information literacy lies at the core of lifelong learning. It believes information literacy empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals. The proclamation goes further in that it believes that information literacy is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion of all nations.

In affirming the vision of the Alexandria Proclamation CILIP seeks to achieve seven outcomes:

  • To promote fair and equitable access to quality information necessary to support people in making life choices
  • To ensure that the library and information workforce has the skills and knowledge to teach and promote information literacy
  • To advocate the value of information literacy within Government and all economic sectors; private, voluntary, charitable and public
  • To ensure that information literacy has a recognised role in the skills development agenda
  • To campaign for all people to have the opportunity to learn the information skills necessary to be effective in all aspects of their lives
  • To engage with international work on information literacy
  • To work in partnership with other key organisations to deliver this vision

Driving digital inclusion: The role of library and information professionals

Driving digital inclusion: The role of library and information professionals is our statement on digital inclusion. Library and information professionals can make a significant contribution to increasing digital inclusion and participation. Library and information professionals have the right skills and ethics to be an effective part of bridging the UK's digital divide. They are trusted by their communities, have experience working in partnership or programmes encouraging digital participation and have the skills set to teach how to use, create and manage information in an ethical way.

Engaging with e-safety: A position statement

Engaging with e-safety: A position statement is our statement on e-safety. Getting online and getting the most from the internet saves money, provides access to government services, helps to stay connected, improves our health and provides opportunities for creativity and wealth creation. It is essential that everyone is able to stay safe online and manage risk online in order to get the most benefits from being digitally connected.

Our position statement sets out the role of library and information professionals and our continuing advocacy in this important area.