[Libs-Or] ALA releases free practitioners' guide, webinar series on adult media literacy education

WEIBLE Arlene * SLO Arlene.WEIBLE at slo.oregon.gov
Wed Dec 16 07:31:51 PST 2020

"Media Literacy in the Library: A Guide for Library Practitioners<http://www.ala.org/tools/sites/ala.org.tools/files/content/%21%20Media-Lit_Prac-Guide_FINALWEB_112020_0.pdf>" 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. Download the guide here.<http://www.ala.org/tools/programming/MediaLiteracy>

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

A series of one-hour webinars will explore these concepts from the guide. The webinars are free for all library workers, though space is limited. Register for the live sessions at the links below; all sessions will be recorded and available within 24 hours on ALA's Programming Librarian website.

  *   Media Literacy for Adults: Meeting Patrons Where They Are<https://programminglibrarian.org/learn/media-literacy-library-meeting-patrons-where-they-are>: January 12, 2021, at 1 p.m. CT
  *   Media Literacy for Adults: Misinformation and Disinformation<https://programminglibrarian.org/learn/media-literacy-adults-misinformation-and-disinformation>: February 10, 2021, at 1 p.m. CT
  *   Media Literacy for Adults: Architecture of the Internet<https://programminglibrarian.org/learn/media-literacy-adults-architecture-internet>: February 24, 2021, at 1 p.m. CT
  *   Media Literacy for Adults: Civics<https://programminglibrarian.org/learn/media-literacy-adults-civics>: March 10, 2021, at 1 p.m. CT
  *   Media Literacy for Adults: Media Landscape and Economics<https://programminglibrarian.org/learn/media-literacy-adults-media-landscape-and-economics>: April 7, 2021, at 1 p.m. CT
  *   Media Literacy for Adults: Media Engagement and Creation<https://programminglibrarian.org/learn/media-literacy-adults-media-engagement-and-creation>: April 14, 2021, at 1 p.m. CT

The materials were created for out-of-school adult audiences, who library workers will generally meet in a public library context. However, many of the approaches and best practices explored are appropriate for a classroom or other library setting.

Media literacy empowers people to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens within our complex, ever-changing digital environment. A media-literate adult should be able to access, share and create media across multiple formats and platforms while utilizing critical thinking skills to evaluate the purpose and potential impact of the material.

"Media Literacy in the Library: A Guide for Library Practitioners" and the webinar series were created in collaboration with talented thought leaders from the library and media literacy sectors, including Kristen Calvert of Dallas (Texas) Public Library; Natasha Casey of Blackburn College (Illinois); Amber Conger of Lexington (South Carolina) County Public Library; Nicole A. Cooke of the University of South Carolina School of Information Science; Kurtis Kelly of Estes Valley (Colorado) Library; Laura Saunders of Simmons University School of Library and Information Science (Massachusetts); and Michael A. Spikes of the Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy (Illinois).

These co-authors were among 30 expert advisors to ALA's Media Literacy Education in Libraries for Adult Audiences<http://www.ala.org/tools/programming/MediaLiteracy> project.

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.

Arlene Weible, MLS
Electronic Services Consultant
Oregon Federal Regional Depository Coordinator
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