On Thursday, March 23, 2017, the ALSC Board of Directors and ALSC President Vice President/President-Elect Nina Lindsay and the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) co-hosted an ALSC Community Forum live chat on the topic of digital literacy, digital citizenship for children in libraries.
This forum addressed the questions: with library and education funding and policy in question, who is teaching children information literacy--where, and how? From “fake news,” to new privacy concerns, to government “data rescue” and the threat to intellectual freedom with loss of data and access to broadband, what on-the-ground strategies can library staff in public and school libraries employ to prepare children to be digitally literate citizens?
This ALSC Community Forum was jointly hosted by ALSC’s Intellectual Freedom Committee and AASL Directors and the live forum was open to both divisions' members. Due to the collaborative nature of the forum, the archived webcast and transcript will be made available to both members and non-members.
Members were invited to read the below resources in preparation for this discussion:
- American Library Association. (2017). Resolution on Access to Accurate Information
- Banks, M. (2016). Fighting Fake News: How libraries can lead the way on media literacy. Retrieved from American Libraries.
- C-SPAN Classroom. Lesson idea: media literacy and fake news.
- Findings from the AASL Literacy Task Force (2013): http://essa.aasl.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ESSA_Terms_rev.pdf
- Green, M.(2016). The Honest Truth about Fake News … and How Not to Fall for It (with Lesson Plan.) Retrieved from The Lowdown Connecting Newsroom to Classroom.
- "The Intersection of Digital and Media Literacy". MediaSmarts. 2016. 2016. 17 March 2017 http://mediasmarts.ca/digital-media-literacy/general-information/digital-media-literacy-fundamentals/intersection-digital-media-literacy
- On The Media. (2016) Breaking News Consumer’s Handbook: Fake News Edition
- “Resources for Media Literacy” section in ALSC Supporting Libraries in the Post-Election Environment (check back as this section evolves in advance of and following the forum!)
- Skokie Public Library Civic Lab. Five Browser Extensions for Reading Online News
- Stanford University. (2016). Evaluating information: the cornerstone of civic online reasoning. (Executive Summary)
- Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. (2016). How to Spot “Fake News”
- Valenza, J. (2016). Truth, truthiness, triangulation: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world. Retrieved from School Library Journal.
- Wilson, P. (2017). Creative ways to fight fake news. Retrieved from Public Libraries Online.
- Zimdars, M. False, Misleading, Clickbait-y, and/or Satirical “News” Sources.
Accessing the Webcast
The live session of this forum took place on Thursday, March 23. The archived webcast is available to view below:
A transcript of the forum's chat is also available.
Live ALSC Community Forums are offered as a membership benefit. Due to the collaborative nature of the forum, the archived webcast and transcript will be made available to both members and non-members.
Questions? Contact ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, Kristen Figliulo, by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone, 800-545-2433 ext 4026.
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