National Info Literacy Awareness

Oct 9, 2009

On October 1, 2009, President Barack Obama proclaimed October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month.  In the proclamation, President Obama asked "the people of the United States to recognize the importance role information plays in our daily lives, and appreciate the need for a greater understanding of its impact."

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library recognizes the importance of information literacy and offers a dedicated portal for campus students, faculty, and staff to improve their information literacy abilities at www.library.illinois.edu/learn.  Information literacy resources are available to all library users interested in information research and use. There are workshops, course and subject guides, online video tutorials, and a myriad of other resources that offer help for students and researchers.

"This is an exciting development for information literacy and a great opportunity to demonstrate library impact on student learning and faculty research," said Lisa Hinchliffe, coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library.

View the proclamation at www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Presidential-Proclamation-National-Information-Literacy-Awareness-Month. The proclamation was possible due to the efforts of the National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL).  Its initiative was backed by Senator John F. Kerry, the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and countless librarians in support of information literacy through advocacy, training, and research.

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