Help Us Help Libraries

It’s October! Know what that means? Well, yeah, pumpkins, apple cider, Halloween, sweaters… that stuff is all well and good. But do you know what else October represents?

NATIONAL INFORMATION LITERACY AWARENESS MONTH!

Aww yeah. Get out the party hats, people. It’s the one month out of the year where we can really hope that information literacy will have its named heard. The month that the President proclaimed we focus on “the need for all Americans to be adept in the skills necessary to effectively navigate the Information Age.” The month where, with just a few strokes of the keyboard, you can donate money to the ALA without losing a penny in your pocket.

Wait, what?

You read that correctly.

I am excited to announce that during the month of October, EasyBib is collecting signatures for a pledge of commitment from librarians to information literacy awareness. For each signature we receive, we will donate $1 to the ALA. All you have to do is:

  1. 1. Head over to TeachInfoLit.org
  2. Follow the Pledge button.
  3. Sign the form.

(The website we’re using to collect signatures might ask you to donate money to them after you sign the pledge, but don’t bother with that. Just close out your browser window and you’ll be all set!)

As of this blog post, we have 395 signatures. Nearly 400 signatures in four days! Let’s keep this up. I am enlisting your help. Share this pledge form with all of your friends in Library Land. Email it. Tweet it. Facebook it. Tumbl (?) it. Get it out there! I want as many signatures as we can muster… but I can’t do it without your advocacy.

TeachInfoLit is a new website I’ve put together to help librarians access useful resources related to information literacy. It includes information about webinars (which I usually post on the main page blog), statistics about information literacy, details on how to access invaluable list servs, and infographics related to librarians. I’m also in the process of planning a Twitter hashtag chat with some amazing librarians to discuss things we’re learning in our day-to-day lives about how students approach research. Stay tuned for more information about that in the coming weeks!

Emily Gover is the in-house librarian for EasyBib. She had a blast presenting at the Library 2.012 Global Conference this afternoon! You can find her on Twitter, @Emily_EasyBib, or posting news you can use at the EasyBib Librarians Facebook page.

One Comment

  1. Posted October 13, 2012 at 11:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    Hi, the first link to TeachInfoLit.org gives me a 404 Not Found page. I looked for the pledge button on the navigation bar once I realized that I was indeed on the site, just at an error message page, but you might want to make it easier on people by writing a post about the pledge or linking to the pledge page.

    Also, what exactly is it that we are pledging to do? Lead education on information literacy for all? That’s what I’m offering to do, but as there is no statement on the pledge page, I came up with my own.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: