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Oregon Information Literacy Month

October 2012 was Information Literacy Month in Oregon, and we joined other state, national and international efforts to raise awareness of the importance of information literacy "for economic prosperity, social cohesion, educational opportunity and an enhanced quality of life."
Nationally, Information Literacy Month continues to be celebrated in October.

What is information literacy?

The National Forum on Information Literacy shares several definitions. Locally, the Washington County Cooperative Library Services defines it this way:
"It’s the ability to find information efficiently and effectively, using appropriate research tools and search strategies, and the ability to critically evaluate information based on reliability, accuracy, authority, point of view or bias. It’s the ability to sift fact from fiction. It’s also the wisdom to recognize potential personal safety and privacy risks when using the Internet and social media. It’s a life skill for the digital age."
How can I promote Information Literacy Month at my library?
Include this image -- customized for Oregon libraries and organizations -- on your website, in your email, on Facebook or Twitter, on print materials, or make a button:

Right click and select something similar to "save image...", then upload the image to your website, add to a flyer, etc.
Additional ideas and a national information literacy badge are available on the Libraries Thriving website.

Promotion ideas for school libraries

Where can I go to learn more?