Info lit all the same

Weaver shows her neighbors AID 2008 calendar Kapda: Clothing the Nation: Image retrieved from and used with permission of Aravinda Pillalamari

One of my library school classmates, Aravinda, does development work in India.  Normally I would not use this blog to promote a friend’s organization, but some of the group’s philosophies resonate with information literacy.

The Association for India’s Development emphasizes how problems are interconnected.  Thus the solutions would need to be interconnected as well.  To use an oversimplified example, education initiatives are ineffective if the children are too malnourished to learn or if the families don’t see the value of the school.  Educators would need to work alongside others to address these issues.  The ACRL Standards (2000) acknowledge “interrelationships among concepts” (p. 11).

AID also believes in people and communities defining their own needs instead of having their needs defined for them.  The Standards (2000) discuss the importance of defining an information need (p. 8).  Similarly the Standards mention the value of local experts (p. 10).  When it comes to development issues, the people themselves are the experts.  Related to these issues is communicating information in a format that will be meaningful to your audience (ACRL, 2000, p. 13).

I haven’t seen the term “information literacy” in any of AID’s literature.  This group practices information literacy all the same.


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2000). Information literacy competency standards for higher education. Chicago, IL: Author.