Media and Information Literacy: Resources that Address Misinformation
At a time when the concept of truth is frequently being challenged, media and information literacy enables people to question critically what they have read, heard, and learned.
Media and information literacy includes having the knowledge, skills, and confidence to search, evaluate, use, and contribute information and media content. It includes knowing how to fight online hate speech and cyberbullying. And media and information literacy also includes having an understanding of the ethical issues surrounding the access and use of information.
The following list of resources may be helpful for learning more on this topic.
- Is That Real? A Crash Course in Verifying Online Content
This webinar with the News Literacy Project and Queens Public Library, NY, covers tools and skills needed to verify the authenticity of user-generated content and explores ways to share this information with teen and adult patrons.
- Break Free from Misinformation in an Escape Room
Find out how to use an escape room to help inform library patrons about misinformation and learn about new programming resources for your library in this webinar with presenters from the University of Washington’s Information School and Calcasieu Public Library, Lake Charles, LA.
American Library Association resources
- Media Literacy in the Library: A guide for library practitioners (pdf), 2020 (See also 2018 Learning and Prototyping Report)
- Information Today review of the guide
- 2021 Programming Librarian webinar series on above guide
- Poynter and the American Library Association partner to fight misinformation, March 2023 news of upcoming toolkit
- Evaluating Information – ALA resource guide
- Center for an Informed Public, University of Washington resources include videos, webinars, and recommended information.
- News Literacy Project
- Ithaca College’s Project Look Sharp, which are intended to help K-16 educators “enhance students’ critical thinking, metacognition, and civic engagement through media literacy materials and professional development,” which also includes librarian-created materials.
- The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) aims to be a leading voice, convener, and resource for media literacy education, and provides a resource library.
- Brooklyn Library’s explainer on information literacy
- Massachusetts Library System’s misinformation resource guide
- Piedmont Virginia Community College’s Media Literacy Modules on lateral reading and other topics