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					SAMPLE LETTER OF PETITION TO ATTAIN PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION


President Barack Obama
White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, D.C. 20500
(Date)

Dear President Obama:

Established in 1989 by the American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information
Literacy, the National Forum on Information Literacy was created specifically to advocate the
empowering influence of information literacy as the 21st century springboard for enhanced
academic achievement, social/economic growth and development, civic engagement, and quality
of life at the local, national, and international level. On October 15, 2009, the National Forum
will celebrate its 20th anniversary chronicling its achievements and future endeavors.

Information literacy lies at the core of lifelong learning. It fosters in individuals the ability to
develop competencies that empower them to find, access, retrieve, analyze, synthesize and use
information effectively and ethically to achieve their personal, social, occupational and
educational goals. Information literacy is central to America’s maintaining it competitive
advantage in the world marketplace.

As a nation, we have slowly begun to move it from the tangential realm of public policy
formation as evidenced by such legislation as No Child Left Behind, Consumer Product Safety
Act, Higher Education Reauthorization Act, and the Health Information Privacy and Security Act.

Now we need to endorse information literacy as a national core competency in terms of future
public policy formation and accountability.

Your continued advocacy for change we can believe in and the proverbial reinstatement of a more
transparent, democratic society underscores our request for the issuance of a Presidential
Proclamation for the annual observance of National Information Literacy Week, commencing
October 15 through November 15, 2009.

We are hopeful you will be able to grant us the honor of such a proclamation as recognition of its
critical importance to our nation’s long term social cohesion, economic prosperity, and national
security.

We sincerely thank you in advance for any time and consideration you may be able to give our
request.

Respectfully yours,
(your signature)
 SAMPLE LETTER TO GOVERNOR, SENATOR OR CONGRESSMAN TO ATTAIN A
                  CONGRESSIONAL PROCLAMATION

Governor, Senator or Congressmen’s name
(above’s address)
(above’s address)
(Date)

Dear (Governor, Senator or Congressman/woman):

On October 15th & 16th , 2009, the National Forum on Information Literacy will celebrate its
20th anniversary, chronicling its achievements and future endeavors for further mainstreaming
information literacy practices at home and abroad.

Created in 1989 by the American Library Association Presidential Committee on Information
Literacy, the mission of the National Forum on Information Literacy was to advocate the
empowering influence of information literacy as the 21st century springboard for enhanced
academic achievement, social/economic growth and development, civic engagement, and quality
of life at the local, national, and international level. In partnership with the National Forum on
several international initiatives, UNESCO has become, in fact, a key information literacy
advocate worldwide. More needs to be accomplished in the United States.

Simply put, information literacy lies at the core of lifelong learning, economic prosperity, and
national security. It fosters in individuals the ability to develop competencies that empower them
to find, access, retrieve, analyze, synthesize and use information effectively and ethically to
achieve their personal, social, occupational and educational goals. Information literacy is an
essential competency for all American citizens to compete effectively in today’s volatile, world
marketplace.

A number of legislative efforts appear to reflect the spirit of information literacy as evidenced by
such legislation as No Child Left Behind, Consumer Product Safety Act, Higher Education
Reauthorization Act, and the Health Information Privacy and Security Act. We now need, as a
nation, to endorse information literacy as a national core competency in terms of future public
policy formation and accountability.

Your continued commitment to develop legislative policies capable of providing opportunities for
the American people to enhance their educational, workplace, and civic competencies
underscores our request for the issuance of a Congressional Proclamation declaring the annual
observance of National Information Literacy Week, commencing October 15 through November
15, 2009.

We are hopeful you will support our request for Congress to grant us the honor of such a
proclamation as your recognition of its critical importance to our nation’s long term social
cohesion, economic prosperity, and national security.

Your actions and votes to bring about such recognition could well serve as an assurance to the
American people and the world of the extent of your own interest in elevating our educational and
societal standards ever higher.

Sincerely,
(your signature)