National Information Literacy Month October 2013

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

On September 18, 2013, Governor Dave Heineman signed the proclamation declaring October as Information Literacy Month in Nebraska.  The Nebraska Library Association and the Nebraska School Librarians Association were represented at the signing ceremony.  Web Services Librarian, Michael J. Sutherland, and Education Professor Dr. Sheryl R. Crow, attended from UNK.

The United States National Forum on Information Literacy defines information literacy as “the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand.”  Indeed, the dynamic proliferation of information resources in conjunction with the development of ubiquitous information and communication technologies appears to be an ongoing synergistic, complex relationship, one ultimately benefiting all who know how to find, analyze, synthesize, evaluate and effectively use information within a digital universe context.

Possessing strong information literacy skills not only helps to find information when completing assignments such as writing research papers, but the ability to seek, find, and decipher information can be applied to countless life decisions, whether financial, medical, educational, or technical. According to President Obama’s Proclamation we are constantly inundated with vast amounts of information from television to radio. “This month,” declared the President, “we dedicate ourselves to increasing information literacy awareness so that all citizens understand its vital importance. An informed and educated citizenry is essential to the functioning of our modern democratic society, and I encourage educational and community institutions across the country to help Americans find and evaluate the information they seek, in all its forms.”

At the Calvin T. Ryan Library, Librarians and staff are here to do just that!

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