Is information literacy an international standard?

UNESCO’s Media and Information Literacy Curriculum for Teachers (2011) is a document meant to introduce methods of teaching information literacy in a global context. Unfortunately, a member of my Information Literacy course who was an international student from China suggested that the very idea of information literacy is something of a Western (and even perhaps North American) construct. From speaking with her colleagues in education in China, she got the impression that information literacy as a term, an idea, and as a practice was not familiar. Indeed, I have also heard other international students speak about the library not as a source of guidance and assistance, but merely as storage place for books and a place to study. Librarians are not guides or instructors, but wardens for books (so to speak).

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