“Empowering Patrons through News Literacy” workshop planned for 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting

For Immediate Release
Wed, 10/10/2018


Sarah Ostman

Communications Manager

ALA Public Programs Office



As Americans are flooded with a constant stream of fabricated news stories, hoaxes, rumors and native advertising, it is becoming more difficult to distinguish fact from fiction. Libraries can help by offering programs and services that empower their patrons to identify misinformation and become active contributors to the news cycle.

Join the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University for a one-day workshop to learn how your library can help your adult patrons be smarter news consumers.

“Empowering Patrons through News Literacy” will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle. The preconference workshop is offered as part of the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting (Jan. 25 to 29).

Workshop registration starts at $250 for ALA members. See pricing and registration instructions under the conference Ticketed Events page under “PPO (Public Programs Office).”

Participants may register for the workshop as part of their conference registration or as a single session. For assistance with registering for the workshop, contact the ALA Public Programs Office at 312-280-5045 or publicprograms@ala.org.

In “Empowering Patrons through News Literacy,” Michael Spikes, director of the Digital Resource Center for the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, will provide attendees with the tools and skills needed to help patrons identify trustworthy information and move from passive consumers of the news to active contributors.

Participants will also have the opportunity to work with their fellow attendees to incorporate what they learn into ideas for programming and services for their communities.

ALA and the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University previously partnered on Media Literacy @ Your Library, a pilot program that trained library workers to help adults become better news consumers. To stay up-to-date on future Media Literacy @ Your Library offerings, sign up for ALA’s Programming Librarian e-newsletter.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

About the Center for News Literacy

Housed within the School of Journalism at Stony Brook University, the Center for News Literacy is the only university-level research and curriculum development institute in the United States teaching students how to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports, whether they come via print, television, radio, the internet, or social media. The Center’s animating principle is that the ability of a nation’s citizens to judge the reliability and credibility of information will be a leading indicator of the public health of civil societies.