Public Access to Government Information and Information Literacy Training as Basic Human Rights

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105882
Title:
Public Access to Government Information and Information Literacy Training as Basic Human Rights
Author:
Horton, Forest Woody
Citation:
Public Access to Government Information and Information Literacy Training as Basic Human Rights 2002,
Issue Date:
2002
Description:
Author Requests this citation be used when reproducing: Forest Woody Horton, "Public Access to Government Information and Information Literacy Training as Basic Human Rights," July 2002, White Paper prepared for UNESCO, the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, and the National Forum on Information Literacy, for use at the Information Literacy Meeting of Experts, Prague, The Czech Republic
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105882
Submitted date:
2004-03-30
Abstract:
One of the key critical success factors for a stable democracy is an informed and empowered citizenry. A more formal way of saying this is to proclaim that public information is a strategic resource needed at all levels of society, by all people, and in all walks of life. This paper examines the philosophical concept of why public access to government information should be considered a basic human right, why minimal information literacy skills are necessary to exploit that strategic resource, and why the acquisition of those skills by all citizens should also be treated as a basic human right. The two ideas are essentially an ends and a means. In short, an end (public access to government information), however worthy, but without the means to realize it (information literacy skills) might as well be no end at all.
Type:
Conference Paper
Language:
en
Keywords:
Information Literacy
Local subject classification:
government information; public access; information literacy

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorHorton, Forest Woodyen_US
dc.date.accessioned2004-03-30T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:36:09Z-
dc.date.issued2002en_US
dc.date.submitted2004-03-30en_US
dc.identifier.citationPublic Access to Government Information and Information Literacy Training as Basic Human Rights 2002,en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105882-
dc.descriptionAuthor Requests this citation be used when reproducing: Forest Woody Horton, "Public Access to Government Information and Information Literacy Training as Basic Human Rights," July 2002, White Paper prepared for UNESCO, the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, and the National Forum on Information Literacy, for use at the Information Literacy Meeting of Experts, Prague, The Czech Republicen_US
dc.description.abstractOne of the key critical success factors for a stable democracy is an informed and empowered citizenry. A more formal way of saying this is to proclaim that public information is a strategic resource needed at all levels of society, by all people, and in all walks of life. This paper examines the philosophical concept of why public access to government information should be considered a basic human right, why minimal information literacy skills are necessary to exploit that strategic resource, and why the acquisition of those skills by all citizens should also be treated as a basic human right. The two ideas are essentially an ends and a means. In short, an end (public access to government information), however worthy, but without the means to realize it (information literacy skills) might as well be no end at all.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectInformation Literacyen_US
dc.subject.othergovernment informationen_US
dc.subject.otherpublic accessen_US
dc.subject.otherinformation literacyen_US
dc.titlePublic Access to Government Information and Information Literacy Training as Basic Human Rightsen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
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