Governor Brian Schweitzer officially recognized October as Information Literacy Month in Montana, thanks to a team of library advocates led by Professor Sue Samson of the Mansfield Library. Team members also include Jan Zauha, Montana State University, Bozeman; Timothy Donahue, Montana State University, Bozeman; Brent Roberts, Montana State University, Billings; Ann St. Clair, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte; and Connie Daugherty, Montana Tech of the University of Montana, Butte.
Governor Schweitzer wrote “I am pleased to recognize October 2012 as “Information Literacy Awareness Month” in the State of Montana. Information literacy is an essential educational tool for Montanans. The ability to search, find and analyze various forms of information is necessary for the lifelong learning demanded by today’s challenging economic environment. The success of Montana’s citizens at home, at school, at work and as part of a healthy community depends on it. I encourage Montanans to acknowledge October 2012 as “Information Literacy Awareness Month”.
The Association of College and Research Libraries defines information literacy as “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” and notes that “Information literacy forms the basis for lifelong learning. It is common to all disciplines, to all learning environments, and to all levels of education.”
An important skill for all Montanans, information literacy has been the focus of the library’s instruction program for years. You can learn more about how the Mansfield Library incorporates information literacy into the curriculum on our Information Literacy Page.
You can read more about Information Literacy Month at the National Forum on Information Literacy.