Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Guide and webinars on media literacy

The American Library Association published a guide to support librarians in developing media literacy outside formal education (e.g. in public libraries) and also deliver free one hour webinars on the topic.  The guide is Media Literacy in the Library: A Guide for Library Practitioners and is free to download. The webinars are as follows and are all at 1 p.m. US CT (which is, e.g., 7pm UK time) :

Media Literacy for Adults: Misinformation and Disinformation February 10, 2021 "Nicole Cooke of the University of South Carolina School of Information Science will discuss how libraries and information organizations are in prime positions to assist their students and patrons with disputing misinformation, disinformation, and malinformation."
Media Literacy for Adults: Architecture of the Internet, February 24, 2021 "Natasha Casey of Blackburn College will discuss cookies, algorithms, and a variety of other parts of the internet that track your online presence. How can we talk about these things with library patrons?"
Media Literacy for Adults: Civics, March 10, 2021 "Join Laura Saunders of Simmons University School of Library and Information Science for a webinar on the important role libraries play in the civic life of their patrons and how that role is shaped."
Media Literacy for Adults: Media Landscape and Economics at 1 p.m. CT "Michael Spikes of Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy will discuss how this mix of [professionally produced and user-generated] content leads to a “blurring of the lines” between various types of content making it difficult to tell what is trustworthy and what is not.
Media Literacy for Adults: Media Engagement and Creation, April 14, 2021

For all these (including the guide), go to

Media Literacy for Adults: Meeting Patrons Where They Are, the first webinar, was held on January 12, 2021 and this page has links to the recording, powerpoint and resource list 

Photo by Sheila Webber: ex-Xmas trees of South London, January 2021

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