In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the National Forum on Information Literacy, President Obama issued a proclamation declaring October 2009 as National Information Literacy Awareness Month. The proclamation states:
This month, we dedicate ourselves to increasing information literacy awareness so that all citizens understand its vital importance. An informed and educated citizenry is essential to the functioning of our modern democratic society, and I encourage educational and community institutions across the country to help Americans find and evaluate the information they seek, in all its forms.
The full proclamation is available on the White House website. The National Forum on Information Literacy was founded in 1989 by ACRL Past President Patricia Breivik and will celebrate it’s anniversary on October 15 and 16 in Washington, DC.