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October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month. Although not publicized nearly as much as it was when it was first declared in 2009, each October libraries shine a spotlight on Information Literacy.

Information Literacy

According to the American Library Association information literacy is: “Information literacy is a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information. Information literacy also is increasingly important in the contemporary environment of rapid technological change and proliferating information resources.”

In other words information literacy is the ability to realize when you need information and then find it, evaluate it, and use it to answer your question or complete your project.

Kirkwood Stands Out

Although library services try to teach information literacy all year, we take a special focus during October. Here are highlights of our previous Information Literacy Posts.

There’s a lot of stuff going on in October, so we didn’t dedicate the entire month to Information Literacy posts here on the blog, but we’re going to send out several this week. Enjoy!

What is Information Literacy?

Things to Think and Know About

Keep calm, think it through and we’ll be back with more helpful tips this year!

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.