Missouri – All Aboard!
On June 12, 2012, Governor Jay Nixon issued an information literacy proclamation, declaring October, 2012 as “Information Literacy Month in Missouri”.
The “Show me” state of Missouri becomes the third state, alongside Massachusetts and New York, in the National Forum’s quest to secure gubernatorial information literacy proclamations from all 50 states and U.S. territories.
In concert with Missouri’s state motto “The welfare of the people shall be the supreme law” – the proclamation reads in part “…through public awareness, the State of Missouri seeks to remind citizens, employers, educators, government agencies and institutions of the importance of information literacy for economic prosperity, social cohesion, the success of the democratic process, educational opportunity and an enhanced quality of life.”
The University of Missouri-Columbia Libraries Instruction Committee – Goodie Bhullar (chair), Rachel Brekhus, Rebecca Graves, Brenda Graves-Blevins, and Paula Roper – lead the effort.
Acknowledging information literacy practice as a key competency required for all Americans to achieve academic, personal, and professional success in the decades ahead is essential to our short and long term national welfare. Congratulations, Missourians!
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