January 18, 2021

“Media Literacy in the Library: A Guide for Library Practitioners” (A New, Free Publication From ALA)

From the American Library Association:

In response to the need for media literacy education, the American Library Association (ALA) has released a free digital guide and related webinar series to help library workers plan for moments like these.

Media Literacy in the Library: A Guide for Library Practitioners” contains information, program ideas and conversation starters on topics like misinformation and disinformation; architecture of the internet; civics; media landscape and economics; and media creation and engagement. The 30-page guide also explores ways to “meet patrons where they are” by integrating media literacy into reference interactions and existing programs.

In the guide, library workers may explore:

Concepts such as filter bubbles, confirmation bias, and news deserts

How to answer questions about false or misleading news items in reference interactions

Virtual and in-person program ideas covering topics like fact checking, cookies, internet privacy, the Freedom of Information Act and local media

Ideas for discussing the corporate media landscape through a reading of “The Hunger Games” trilogy by Suzanne Collins

Tips and resources for measuring program outcomes

Direct to Full Text: “Media Literacy in the Library: A Guide for Library Practitioners”

Direct to Media Literacy Project Website and List of Project Advisors

Direct to Complete Publication Announcement
Includes information on a series of upcoming webinars.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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