Media Literacy in Libraries

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Course Details
Course Type: 
Target Audience: 
Everyone
Course Description

Libraries are at the center of information literacy. Though frequently used interchangeably, there is a distinct difference between media literacy and information literacy. Media literacy focuses on analyzing media content and the effect of media on society, while information literacy is the ability to identify, find, evaluate, and use information effectively.

Librarians and staff will benefit from learning how to interpret media messages and their effect on individuals and society by applying media literacy theory and practices. Attendees will also learn how to pass this knowledge on to patrons and colleagues to help them better evaluate media.

Learning objectives for this session include
  • Defining media literacy and the framework for interpreting media messages
  • Evaluating various forms of media to verify the validity and credibility of the information reported
  • Developing programs, services, and other opportunities to teach patrons and colleagues about media literacy
Prerequisites

None

Homework Expectations
  • Approximately one hour of homework will be required.
  • It is designed for individual participation; each individual must register.
Session Information
Session Duration: 
This course consists of one 2-hour session.
Contact Hours: 
2
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