U.S. President declares October Information Literacy Awareness Month

October 19, 2009

Recognizing the importance of an informed society that is equipped with the skills to navigate multiple streams of information, U.S. President Barack Obama has declared October "Information Literacy Awareness Month."

"In addition to the basic skills of reading, writing and arithmetic, it is equally important that our students are given the tools required to take advantage of the information available to them," Obama said. "The ability to seek, find, and decipher information can be applied to countless life decisions, whether financial, medical, educational or technical."

Penn State University Libraries support National Information Literacy Awareness Month, which highlights the need for all Americans to be adept in the skills necessary to effectively navigate the Information Age. From freshman year through graduate school, students can get help from Penn State librarians and staff, who are ready to guide them through the many resources and services available throughout Penn State's vast library system. The system spans 24 locations and contains 5.3 million books, 88,000 serials, 536 databases and more than 100,000 e-books. To get started, call Library Learning Services at 814-865-9257.

  • Librarians judge entries for Information Literacy poster session last spring.

    IMAGE: Lana Munip
Last Updated November 18, 2010