SDG´s, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation: The Empowering Role of Media and Information Skills


Biblioteca Nacional Aruba together with ACURIL welcomes a few speakers for the ACURIL 2019 conference which takes place from June 2 till June 6, 2019 at the Renaissance Convention Center in Oranjestad. Mr. Jesus Lau’s presentation is titled: “SDG´s, Food Security and Poverty Alleviation: The Empowering Role of Media and Information Skills

The aim of this talk is to discuss the information power that libraries have to alleviate poverty and achieve food security within a SDG´s national development framework. Conference participants will be able to identify potential library/Media and Information Skill SDG´s actions, under the principle that libraries can empower knowledge management of citizens and organizations to play an active role in national development, and that SDG´s achievement depends on people and organizations capacity to use media and information.

A leader and spokesperson for information literacy, Dr. Lau currently is a Professor at Universidad Veracruzana. He holds a Law Degree, Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa, Mexico; a Master´s Degree in Library Science, University of Denver, CO; and Ph.D. in Information Science, Sheffield University, England. The author of more than 200 papers and articles and 20 monographs, including the IFLA Information Literacy Guidelines (translated into 12 languages); the IFLA InfoLit Marketing manual, and co-author of the Mexican Info-Skills Standards for Higher Education. As well as author/researcher of UNESCO Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Global Assessment Framework, among other UNESCO MIL publications. The recipient of numerous awards recognizing his professional contributions, such as Librarian of the Year by BRLA (USA); FIL-Guadalajara Librarian of the Year; IFLA Medal – Netherlands; John Cotton Dana award by the Special Libraries Association (USA); Ibero-American Education Excellence Award by EduAction Conference; INFO 2014 Award (Cuba); and the Global MIL Award by UNESCO, United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, and Global Alliance Partnerships for Media and Information Literacy, among other awards.

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