Good Enough for Obama 44, Good Enough for Me!

The era of fake news and information overload is driving us all crazy!  And being a college student today just adds on to the craziness.

Knowing how to distinguish between the “fake” from the “real” is a skill not only in demand in the voting booth but also in the workplace and classroom as well.

The good news is that colleges and universities have on-campus experts – academic reference librarians.
These skilled practitioners offer “information literacy” workshops and seminars for students, administrators, and faculty alike.
President Obama was an early advocate for information literacy practice. On October 1, 2009, he issued a presidential proclamation, the first such document at the national level, advocating for information literacy practice nationwide by establishing October as National Information Literacy Awareness Month.information literacy

In that proclamation, President Obama called on all Americans to “.. be adept in the skills necessary to effectively navigate the Information Age. Though we may know how to find the information we need, we must also know how to evaluate it.”

President Barack Obama – October 1, 2009 – Presidential Proclamation 8429

77 FR 51445 – Presidential Proclamation 8429, National Information Literacy Awareness Month – October 7, 2009


Information literacy practice forms the basis of the academic and workplace skills needed to thrive in today’s whirlwind, information drenched digital society.  
It is common to all disciplines including blue /white collar occupations and professions.

Information literacy practice enables learners and workers to master content and enhance their analytical skills.

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In doing so, they become more self-directed and independent, and assume more strategic control over their own learning. 

An information literate individual is able to: 

  • Identify and access the information needed to address a given problem or issue
  • Find the needed information, evaluate it and its associated resources
  • Organize and use the information effectively to address the problem or issue at hand.
  • Understand the economic, legal, and social issues surrounding the ethical and legal use of information

And who, again, are the very best practitioners of information literacy?

Your campus reference librarian, of course!

So take advantage of the many sponsored information literacy workshops, courses, and individual training sessions they offer each semester.

You definitely won’t regret it!

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