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Media Literacy for Adults: Free Resources and Webinars

  • 1.  Media Literacy for Adults: Free Resources and Webinars

    Posted Jun 11, 2021 04:08 PM

     

     

     

    The American Library Association worked with a team of librarians and media literacy experts to create a free set of resources for programming librarians. With the following resources, your library can help respond to the need for adult media literacy in training your community.

     

    To stay informed of future webinars, resources and ALA grant opportunities, sign up for the Programming Librarian newsletter.

     

     

     

     

    Read: Taking on Fake News: What to Say When Patrons Repeat Things That Just Aren't True

    by Kristen Calvert, Library Manager, J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, Dallas (Texas) Public Library

     

     

    Topics like current events, politics and social media can provide teaching moments.

     

     

     

     

    Watch: Misinformation and Disinformation

    presented by Nicole A. Cooke, Augusta Baker Endowed Chair, associate professor at the School of Library and Information Science, at the University of South Carolina (recorded Feb. 10, 2021)

     

    Fake news can be difficult to combat because of how quickly it spreads. How can library workers help patrons decipher between what is real and what is fake?

     

     

     

     

    Read: Architecture of the Internet: Virtual Programs for Understanding Internet Privacy

    by Natasha Casey, Associate Professor of Communications, Blackburn (Ill.) College

     

    How can you teach library patrons about how the internet personalizes online content?

     

     

     

     

    Watch: Civics

    presented by Laura Saunders, associate professor at Simmons University School of Library and Information Science (recorded March 10, 2021)

     

    What is civic information and what role does the library play in providing access to it? This webinar discusses the important role libraries play in the civic life of their patrons and how that role is shaped.

     

     

     

     

    Read: Program Ideas for Media Creation and Engagement at Your Library

    by Kurtis Kelly, Communications Coordinator, Estes Valley (Colo.) Library

     

    Creating media content is easier than ever. Here are some ways to incorporate it into your programming.

     

     

     

     

    Watch: Media Landscape and Economics

    presented by Michael Spikes, PhD candidate at Northwestern University's School of Education and Social Policy (recorded April 7, 2021)

     

    How can you tell what is trustworthy and not on the internet? This webinar discusses how to navigate the current media landscape.

     

     

    Free download with strategies for library staff

     

    "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.

     

     

     

     

    Media Literacy Education in Libraries for Adult Audiences is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services grant LG-13-19-0089-19.

     

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