National Information Literacy Awareness Month

Information Literacy Supporter BadgeEach October our thoughts turn to National Information Literacy Awareness Month. Information Literacy. Information Literacy means making sure people can find, evaluate information for quality, and use the information that they need. Information Literacy is a big part of any library program. It’s no longer enough to be literate, as in being able to read, but you must be literate in figuring out where you can get the information you need and separating the wheat from the chaff to make sure what you’ve found is good. The abundance of information available online makes these lessons even more important and libraries more vital to society, not less. Last year I ran a confessions photo contest, but it didn’t get much response so this year Kirkwood Community College is doing a series of blog posts to try and make you more aware of Information Literacy.

Read a brief history and what is going on nationally here:
http://infolit.org/national-information-literacy-awareness-month-is-october/

You can also find the badge, like the one above, please share it on your various social media sites to help make people aware of the importance of good information:
http://www.librariesthriving.org/partnerships/2014-information-literacy-campaign
(Make sure you select your state before copying, it shows up on the badge.)

Find last year’s posts and Iowa’s proclamation on National Information Literacy Awareness Month here:
https://kirkwoodlibrary.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/information-literacy-awareness-month-comes-to-iowa/

And my best post so far this month about passwords:
http://kirkwoodlibrary.wordpress.com/2014/10/16/information-literacy-passwords

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on  FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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