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The paper looked at the definitions of information as stated by various scholars and the aggregate of it all is that information is a kind of communication in whatever format from a source to a recipient to warrant a change in behaviour. The paper also classified information as soft and hard. Information from radio, television, image laundering, protocol and reporting of current events in magazine and newspapers are classified as soft while hard information is the one provided in libraries and other information related institutions. There are also various sources of information such as print, manuscripts, cartographic and audio-visual. The paper also looked into the ‘why’ of information and a number of these are listed. It also informed that responsible information is that information which is capable of changing a man’s behaviour and should be accredited and the source should own up. For information to be responsible, certain factors must come to play. These are environmental, technical and biological factors. Management and government support, censorship and copyright issues as well as infrastructure all fall under environmental facts while information growth and explosion, information poverty and biblioteca, bibliography and cognitive issues are technical factors. Biological factors examine such issues as noise pollution and misplaced priorities. The paper concludes by suggesting that librarians must adopt proactive measures in addressing all issues discussed in the paper. These include being focused, adapting to continuous training and re-order of priorities.