Information literacy
Ms. Darja Lavtar
Faculty of Social Sciences, University  of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Information-communication technologies make it feasible for us to search for information we need in order to solve the problems we encounter in everyday life. People, who follow what is going on and what is new in the information society, are on their way to success either on personal or societal level. In order to follow advancements that information-communication technologies bring along, we need to search for, use and save information we get from these new technologies, especially the use of the internet. People with the abilities to search, use and evaluate the retrieved information properly fall into category of information literate people. Information literacy is as important for people on their personal level as it is important in their professional careers either in the area of economy or citizenship. A special attention needs to be paid on improving information literacy. That can only be achieved by implementing the subject of information literacy in elementary schools. There are few main directions which lead to improvement of literacy among population, and also enable us catching up with more advanced European countries. These directions are: [1] learning information literacy early in life, [2] satisfactory equipment with information-communication technologies in households, schools and other organizations, and [3] high level of use of the internet among general population. Surveys “Adult Literacy and Lifeskills Survey (ALLS)” and “Statistical Indicators Benchmarking the Information Society (SIBIS)” analyze information literacy among adult population.

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