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 has evolved as one of the premier advocacy organizations for information literacy practice at home and abroad.
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 an entire spectrum of educational, social, and economic policy makers today.
Information literacy, in fact, lies at the core of lifelong learning and is at the heart of the 21st century skills movement. The National Forum on Information Literacy, a 501c3 non-profit, supports individuals, non-profit organizations, businesses, schools, and government agencies in utilizing the empowering influence of information literacy at the local, state, national, and international level.
Effective utilization of the ICT universe and retaining our competitive advantage worldwide depends on our ability, as a nation, to nurture, support, and produce an information literate citizenry.
As we move further into the 21st century, information literacy will become the standard-bearer for academic achievement, workforce productivity, healthcare access, competitive advantage, and national security.