Monday, October 03, 2011

October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month

National Information Literacy Month 2011 BadgeOctober is National Information Literacy Awareness Month. In 2009, President Obama issued a presidential proclamation acknowledging the critical importance of information literacy to the social and economic welfare of the American people.

Knowing how to find, evaluate, and use information effectively from a variety of media and information resources is one of the five General Education competencies at Montgomery College.

What can information literacy do for our students now and for their continued lives in school and after? It can:
• enhance academic performance in schools, colleges, and universities
• improve productivity by working smarter for America in the global economy;
• foster a greater awareness of personal responsibility in alleviating healthcare costs;
• reduce considerably the growing achievement gap;
• support families in coping better with seemingly endless social and economic challenges;
• encourage wiser decision making within public and private sectors; and
• strengthen our national security efforts

Contact your campus User Instruction librarian and schedule a workshop or assign one of the Library’s online tutorials to help your students develop their information literacy skills!

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