November 23, 2014
Governor Proclaims Information Literacy Month in Vermont Since October 2009 when President Barack Obama proclaimed National Information Literacy Awareness Month, the National Forum on Information Literacy has campaigned to secure governors’ proclamations in every state and U. S. territory. With Governor Shumlin’s signature, Vermont becomes the 24th state to establish October as Information Literacy Awareness Month. Find a copy of Vermont’s proclamation on the NFIL site at http://infolit.org/vermont-freedom-and-unity.
Time to Celebrate Each year in October the Willey Library salutes the librarians, educators and information specialists who help individuals develop essential information literacy skills for the 21st century. Last year, we redecorated our reference area, posting the library mission statement on the wall at our entrance. This year in addition to our annual exhibit for Information Literacy Month, we will be broadcasting the news on WJSC FM 90.7. Tune in to hear radio announcer Nathan Goncalves(’18) and theater major Vanessa Cousins (’15) deliver public service announcements as lead-ins to a playlist with a search and rescue theme. Titles such as “Information Undertow” (Dada), “Too Much Information” (Duran Duran), and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” (U2) are among the songs suggested by academic librarians from around the country.
And then there’s our Flickr site with photos of students learning about the value of using library resources for their research projects and papers. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jsclibrary/
But Wait, There’s More Spreading the word beyond the JSC campus, comedian Rusty DeWees, well-known throughout the state on stage, screen and radio, is our spokesperson for Information Literacy Awareness Month. Listen for his amusing and inimitable take on how librarians are your go-to experts for sifting through information overload. His radio spots have been airing on Radio Vermont stations all month, or you can play his public service announcement on demand by linking to Mixcloud at http://www.mixcloud.com/linda-kramer/information-literacy-awareness-month-in-Vermont.