Gov. Eloy S. Inos on Monday declared October as Information Literacy Month in the presence of librarians and archivists from the Joeten-Kiyu Public Library, NMC Library, and libraries of the Public School System.
According to the proclamation signed at the Governor’s Office conference room, information literacy is the ability to recognize when information is needed and having the ability to locate, evaluate, and effectively use the needed information.
The proclamation recognizes the roles that libraries—public, academic, school, and specialized— serve, the most important of which is providing information literacy instruction.
JKPL executive director John Oliver Gonzales said he is happy with the renewed partnerships among the JKPL, NMC, Northern Marianas Humanities Council, and PSS “in continuing the effort to provide information literacy in all formats and in all media anytime in line or online.”
“It’s all about partnerships and leveraging value to stakeholders in terms of information literacy,” he added.
NMC Library’s Chris Todd, who is also president of the CNMI Association of Archives, Libraries, and Museums, said the college is currently busy converting its collection of old newspapers and important Trust Territory documents into digital form.
He, however, emphasized the importance of putting into microfilm certain archival material to preserve it for posterity.
Kagman High School librarian Marie Ornes said they are in the process of conducting a baseline survey among students on how they handle information.
“It will assess how students access and use information aside from just using Google. And if they Google, do they Google well and whether they can utilize the information and incorporate it with the projects they are doing,” she said.
Marianas High School, for its part, just conducted its STAR reading and math assessment where students are tested in math and reading.
Tanapag Elementary School is also in midst of an accelerated reading assessment. The school is also circulating books to students according to their reading levels.
Gonzales, meanwhile, said the JKPL’s Book Mobile Library Outreach continues to serve community youth centers and students and families without transportation.
“We try our best to bring book titles to the villages. That’s what we try to do to make ends meet. We are also set to place our outreach staff in four designated public libraries pursuant to the recommendations of PSS, which need reinforcement and information literacy.”
Aside from this, JKPL and the two other state libraries on Tinian and Rota will, if size permits, add more workstations to accommodate PSS online students. He said the CNMI’s three state libraries would also be making available e-books to library cardholders.
Children’s Library associate Erlinda Naputi also had good news for teenagers who have overdue books at JKPL. In celebration of Teen Week on Oct. 15-19, JKPL will extend an overdue books amnesty for teenagers.