National Information Literacy Awareness Month, October 2014

Written by Michael Sutherland, Web Services Librarian

On September 11, 2014, Governor Dave Heineman signed the proclamation declaring October as Information Literacy Month in Nebraska.

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 in 2009, “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.”

The Calvin T. Ryan Library is uniquely suited as a partner in the research process and to impart information literacy skills. The Library, in consultation with faculty across campus, carefully selects information resources in all formats for research and inquiry. Librarians are expert information navigators and research consultants; we are skilled in making information discoverable.  We are here to help you be successful!

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