October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month

October 11, 2011

On October 1, 2009, President Barack Obama issued an official proclamation declaring that the month of October is National Information Literacy Awareness Month.

What is information literacy?

In a nutshell, it is knowing that you need information, and then locating, evaluating, and using that information effectively, legally, and ethically. When you plan a vacation, buy a car, conduct research for a paper, or gather information for any other purpose, you are using information literacy skills!

Information and Library Services works with both the School of Undergraduate Studies and the Graduate School of Management and Technology to integrate information literacy into UMUC’s curriculum. Recognizing the importance of information literacy, the accrediting body for UMUC, Middle States Commission on Higher Education, mandates this inclusion.

Need help honing your information literacy skills? The UMUC Library is here to help!