Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Literacy in a 2.0 World

Literacy in a 2.0 world
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President Obama has declared October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month, saying we must “learn the skills necessary to acquire, collate, and evaluate information for any situation.” President Obama echoed the sentiments of our librarians when he said, “We now live in a world where anyone can publish an opinion or perspective, whether true or not, and have that opinion amplified within the information marketplace. At the same time, Americans have unprecedented access to the diverse and independent sources of information, as well as institutions such as libraries and universities, that can help separate truth from fiction and signal from noise.”
At the Governor’s Academy we encourage our students to employ the services of our librarians to help them determine which sources are credible and which are not.
While some voices speak out saying that libraries are less important in the day and age when information is freely available at the touch of a button, President Obama has pointed out that librarians can be the first line of defense against misleading information. The materials that we collect in our libraries are chosen to serve our patron’s needs, but only after they’ve been reviewed by subject experts. As a part of this educational institution and in collaboration with our faculty, we constantly strive to promote and nurture information literacy in our students.

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