Friday, December 29, 2017

IM and IL pioneer Woody Horton dies

I only just heard the sad new that Forest “Woody” Horton died of natural causes in his home in Washington, D.C., on December 7, 2017, at the age of 87. He had retained an active interest in the information world to the end. He did particularly valuable work in connecting Information Management and Information Literacy, stressing organisational, strategic and policy aspects of information literacy.
A notable publication was the UNESCO publication, Understanding information literacy "In essence, explaining in an easy-to-understand, non-technical fashion to senior and middle level public and private sector executives – in government ministries, private enterprises, academic institutions, and not-for-profit organizations – how to find, retrieve, organize, evaluate and effectively use information":
- Horton, F. (2008). Understanding information literacy: a primer.
And some more papers are:
- Horton, F.W. (2011). Information Literacy Advocacy—Woody's Ten Commandments. Library Trends, 60(2), 262-276.
- Horton, F.W. (2006). Information literacy and information management: A 21st century paradigm partnership. International Journal of Information Management, 26(4), 263-266.
- Horton, F.W and Keiser, B.E. (2008). Encouraging Global Information Literacy. Computers in Libraries, 28 (10), p6-11, 27-32.
There are other works that are important to information resources management, and other infolit contributions include the UNESCO Training the Trainer programme, and the report on infolit resources around the world. There is an obituary here.

1 comment:

Esther Grassian said...

Oh, I'm so very sorry to hear this, Sheila. I haven't heard from Woody in a long time and wondered how he was doing. He worked very hard to spread the word about "information literacy" internationally, and had many friends and contacts around the world. I'm sure they will all be sad to hear this news.