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Originally established in 1989 by the American Library Association's (ALA) Presidential Committee on Information Literacy as a volunteer, advocacy organization, the National Forum on Information Literacy was ALA's response to the inadvertent omission of the teaching and learning role of academic and school libraries in our nation's educational reform movement. Given the dramatic rise of the information society and a growingly robust national technological infrastructure, professional librarians possess a largely untapped information literacy skill set essential to our ability to maintain our competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Although hailed in 1991 by the U. S. Dept. of Labor’s Secretary Commission on Necessary Skills as a needed asset for educational and workforce development programs, information literacy continues to be overlooked and underutilized by many educational reform and workforce development constituencies today.