PLA launches Super Searchers training program to boost information literacy skills

For Immediate Release
Wed, 08/23/2023


Larra Clark

PLA Deputy Director

Public Library Association

(CHICAGO) - Today, the Public Library Association (PLA) opened registration for the Super Searchers information literacy training to begin September 19. With multiple available training dates, library staff can register for a one-hour training session to gain skills and tools to help patrons critically engage with online information.

The collaboration with Google addresses themes from an earlier forum on tackling misinformation with information literacy and was launched at the World Library Information Congress in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

“With information and resources available in more formats via more devices and applications, it is easier to create and spread misinformation online,” said PLA President Sonia Alcántara-Antoine. “PLA is pleased to work again with Google on the Super Searchers training to address this danger through user empowerment. This collaboration will help equip more busy library staff with skills and tools to help patrons search more efficiently and critically engage online information.”

The Super Searchers training session was created in collaboration with Mike Caulfield of the University of Washington, who developed the SIFT method for fact-checking (Stop, Investigate, Find better coverage, and Trace claims). Upon completion, training participants will be able to use common frameworks to assess information quality online, be equipped to use and share major features of the Google Super Searchers suite of tools, and be able to integrate misinformation awareness into patron interactions.

“As part of its 2022-2026 strategic plan, PLA re-committed to advancing all literacies and expanding meaningful access that results in community wellbeing,” Alcántara-Antoine said. “The Super Searchers training is a perfect complement to PLA’s ongoing digital literacy initiatives and overall commitment of literacy building through our nation’s public libraries.”

Learn more about the program and additional information literacy resources here. Register to join one of the free Super Searcher trainings here.

About the Public Library Association
The Public Library Association (PLA) is the largest association dedicated to supporting the unique and evolving needs of public library professionals. Founded in 1944, PLA serves nearly 9,000 members in public libraries large and small in communities across the United States and Canada, with a growing presence around the world. PLA strives to help its members shape the essential institution of public libraries by serving as an indispensable ally for public library leaders. PLA is a division of the American Library Association (ALA). For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at 1 (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or

About the American Library Association

American Library Association (ALA) is the foremost national organization providing resources to inspire library and information professionals to transform their communities through essential programs and services. For more than 140 years, ALA has been the trusted voice of libraries, advocating for the profession and the library’s role in enhancing learning and ensuring access to information for all. For more information, visit