For the second year in a row, Governor Chafee has signed a proclamation declaring October as INFORMATION LITERACY MONTH in our state.
Today's world is awash in information and operates on a 24 hour news cycle. Our citizens need to be information literate in order to make sense of this 21st century information environemnt, apply good decision making skills at school and work and in life in general, and to expand horizons through by connecting with and learning from the global community. This proclamation recognizes the efforts of schools and libraries in supporting information literacy skill building across all environments, at all levels.
Information Literacy Month Proclamation - 2013
Whereas, Information literacy provides the tools and skills to find, evaluate, and use credible information from all sources in our constantly evolving information-rich world; and,
Whereas, The ability to search, find, decipher, and analyze different forms of information is a key component in effective decision making across all fields of work and walks of life, and enhances one’s ability to obtain highly skilled jobs and compete in the global economy; and,
Whereas, Individuals adept at utilizing information resources available are able to share, participate and compete as informed citizens and life-long learners in the worldwide community; and,
Whereas, Information literacy taught from an early age in schools, libraries, and our communities is a crucial part of education and exposes individuals to literacies, analytics, and research practices that will better prepare them for changing technologies and the complex information world; and,
Whereas, Using information acquired through technology to understand human, cultural, and societal issues promotes an informed and engaged citizenry; and,
Whereas, through public awareness, the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations seeks to remind citizens, employers, government agencies, and institutions of the importance of information literacy for economic prosperity, social cohesion, educational opportunity and enhanced quality of life;
Now, therefore, I, Lincoln D. Chafee, Governor of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, do hereby proclaim October 1-31, 2013 as Information Literacy Month in the State of Rhode Island and encourage all residents to recognize the importance of this month.
Signed and Sealed, Lincoln D. Chafee