Information Literacy is defined as the ability to know when there is a need for information, to be able to identify, locate, evaluate, and effectively use that information for the issue or problem at hand.
Empowering individuals across the state to seek, interpret, and use reliable and accurate information is of great importance to our future. James Madison, our 4th president and Father of the U.S. Constitution, once said "A popular Government without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance...."
This month has been proclaimed by South Carolina's Governor Nikki R. Haley as Information Literacy Month. Information Literacy Month "raises awareness of the importance of information literacy for economic prosperity, social cohesion, the success of the democratic process, educational opportunity, and an enhanced quality of life."
For more information about information literacy month, visit the National Forum on Information Literacy at www.infolit.org. You can also view the Governor's proclamation at http://ow.ly/ep9lm.