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October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month

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National Information Literacy Awareness, 2015

October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month, a time for us to stop, listen, view, and discuss activities, behaviors, and communication practices in need of information literacy clarification.

The recent pre-season 2016 presidential election activity certainly illuminates the importance of information literacy practice across the nation.

President Obama issued the first national proclamation establishing National Information Literacy Awareness Month in 2009.  This was, in fact, the first time that this important 21st century skill set received federal attention at the national level.

Not to be confused with digital literacy which focuses on the use of information and communication technology tools, information literacy emphasizes the K-16 development of  the habits of mind needed to sustain and maintain our democratic way of life.

So during the month of October, take stock of how you practice information literacy at school, at work, and even at home.  Have an information literacy discussion with family and friends.  Current events today will certainly give you a wide breath of issues to percolate on and  review.

You may be surprised at what you discover.

 

 

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