Information literacy, enlightenment & the RSA

The RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce) has published Stéphane Goldstein’s guest blog, on why information literacy (IL) matters more than ever. In this, Stéphane argues that IL is closely related to the enlightenment values that the RSA has promoted since the 18th century: humanism, reason, evidence-based inquiry, trust in democratic institutions. At a time when these values are increasingly challenged  by assertive counter-narratives characterised by aversion to facts, rejection of expertise and obscurantism, there is an urgent need for critical thinking and an approach to information that is founded on judgement and evaluation, not emotion and gratification. Read the blog piece here.

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