October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month

Along with a slew of other awareness campaigns this month, this one is dear to our hearts at the Taubman Library: information literacy awareness. According to the National Forum on Information Literacy, information literate folks “know how to find, access, and critically evaluate information to improve their health, their environment, their education and workplace performance.”
Why is it important – why do we need to be aware of information literacy skills? To pilfer from the Alexandria Proclamation (2005):

“It empowers people in all walks of life to seek, evaluate, use, and create information effectively to achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals. It is a basic human right in a digital world and promotes social inclusion of all nations.”

 

The information literacy umbrella, courtesy of the National Forum on Information Literacy

This month numerous states have issued information literacy proclamations, with many more in draft form. All are invited to the webinar From School to Workforce: Information Literacy, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills, on Tuesday, October 16th, 2012 from 10:30am – 12pm EST. Registration is required.

Learn more about information literacy, and the events surrounding October’s awareness activities here.

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