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On behalf of the Community & Technical College Information Literacy Proclamation Committee

posted Jun 23, 2014, 4:44 PM by T Jones

The  National Forum on Information Literacy (NFIL) has launched a campaign to create Information Literacy Awareness Proclamations in all 50 states.  Governors in twenty three states and one U.S. territory have issued IL Proclamations – we would like to see Washington State join this group!

As stated by NFIL: “As a member of the 21st century workforce skills movement, the practice of information literacy nurtures the development of a critical skill set needed so that any learner and/or worker can thrive and compete effectively in today’s global digital economy.  As we move further into the 21st century, we are convinced that information literacy will become the standard-bearer for academic achievement, workforce productivity, competitive advantage, and national security.” 

A working group of the Washington State Community and Technical College Library Leadership Council has created a draft proclamation (please see attached), and we would very much welcome your feedback. The NFIL link above includes examples of IL Proclamations from other states, please feel free to consult these in your review of our proposed language. This effort will only succeed if it aligns with the mission and goals of all of our Washington library organizations!


Our goal is to have a final draft ready by late August to present to Governor Jay Inslee for his signature. To meet this goal we would appreciate receiving your feedback by July 31.


Please feel free to share this with others in your Library!   If you have questions or need more information please contact one of the following:


Sarah Leadley

Library Director and Associate Dean of Libraries

University of Washington Bothell and Cascadia Community College



Michelle Bagley, MLS

Dean of Libraries, eLearning, Tutoring and Faculty Development

Clark College



Jane Blume

Director, Library & Media Services

Bellingham Technical College



Rand Simmons
Washington State Librarian

Library Division | Office of the Secretary of State

(360) 570-5585