30 Nov 2012
Information Literacy Awareness
This fall, Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell proclaimed the month of October “Information Literacy Awareness Month” in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
According to the Association of College and Research Libraries, information literacy is a skill set that includes finding, accessing, evaluating and using information. While not unique to the 21st century, in today’s information-rich environment these skills are more important than ever. Just think: could you travel, without finding and accessing information about your destination first? Would you vote, without evaluating the information provided to you by a campaign commercial? The proclamation recognizes the need for Virginia’s citizens to develop information literacy skills, stating that they are “a critical part of effective decision-making.”
College students use information literacy skills every day. In the library we focus on teaching those techniques that will both help students finish their homework and also prepare them to be smarter, more successful information consumers in their careers and lives beyond Hollins. Students learn how knowledge is organized by those who produce, disseminate, and preserve it; we also partner with faculty to teach the principles of using information ethically and effectively. Information literacy keeps us all busy: in the 2011-12 school year, library staff taught 96 classes to 1,071 students.
Governor McDonnell’s proclamation was the result of a campaign organized by the Library of Virginia, the official library and archives for the Commonwealth. The LVA has preserved the unique history and records of our state since 1823. It is also responsible for advancing and promoting libraries and archives state-wide to ensure that Virginians will have open and free access to information.
Read the full proclamation: http://tinyurl.com/ccxnx2c
To learn more about information literacy, see the Association of College & Research Libraries website: http://tinyurl.com/cecdy45