Media Literacy for Adults Guide and Webinars

Jan 5, 2021

Cover image of Media Literacy in the Library documentFrom the American Library Association

Imagine that you are working at the reference desk when a patron comes to you with a question. They cite a “fact” that has been widely debunked, mentioning an article from a publication that you know to be untrustworthy. What can you, as a library worker, do to educate and inform them?

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.

The guide

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

Training webinars

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.

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.

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