New York Library Association. - The eBulletin

October is Information Literacy Month

Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that October will be Information Literacy Month.  Special thanks to Senator Hugh Farley for his hard work in getting this proclamation approved. 

Tell us how you will be celebrating Information Literacy Month!  E-mail NYLA with your information about projects and activities and we'll share them with the library community!

Visit for more information on digital literacy, and to learn how you can attend workshops around the state!


Whereas, Information literacy provides the tools and skills to find, evaluate, and use credible information from all sources in our constantly evolving world; and

Whereas, Information literacy, when taught at an early age, and reinforced throughout educational institutions in the State, can lead our citizens to a deeper appreciation for respecting the authorship of all information through proper attribution, in order to promote a more cooperative and civil community, and

Whereas, The ability to search, find, decipher, and analyze different forms of information is a key component in effective decision-making across various financial, medical, educational and industrial fields; and

Whereas, Information literacy, as taught in schools and libraries, is a crucial part of education and will expose students to analytic and research practices that will better prepare them for changing technologies; and

Whereas, Individuals who are comfortable working with the informational resources available in the digital world are able to seek highly skilled jobs and compete at high levels in the global economy; and

Whereas, Information literacy encourages individuals to draw conclusions, make informed decisions, and apply knowledge to using new technology concepts, it supports creative thinking that may develop innovative products and processes using technology; 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 New York seeks to remind citizens, employers, government agencies, and institutions of the importance of information literacy for economic prosperity, social cohesion, educational opportunity, and an enhanced quality of life,

Resolved, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to declare October 2012 as Information Literacy Month in the State of New York; and be it further

Resolved, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be transmitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New York.

Adopted in Senate, June 5, 2012
Adopted in Assembly, June 4, 2012