WEEK 1: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
SESSION 1: Powerful Partners: Libraries and News Outlets
2:00-2:45 PM ET
Libraries nationwide are collaborating with news organizations to create information literacy programs, train teen community journalists, and boost their status as invaluable providers of facts and information. Learn what’s possible and design a collaborative program at your own library.
Tom Huang, Assistant Managing Editor for Features and Community Engagement, Dallas Morning News (TX)
Charlotte-Ann Lucas, Managing Director, NOWCastSA, San Antonio (TX)
2:45-3:00 PM ET
SESSION 2: When Facts Don’t Matter: How to Engage the Unreceptive
3:00-3:45 PM ET
Part 1: Misinformation abounds, and people believe it. What’s a librarian to do? In this session, you’ll learn tactics for dealing with others’ trust in misinformation using behavioral science strategies and anti-bias training.
Gleb Tsipursky, Assistant Professor, at the Decision Sciences Collaborative and History Department, Ohio State University (OH); President and Cofounder, at Intentional Insights; Cofounder, Pro-Truth Pledge
Part 2: Can teaching conspiracy theories help advance media literacy? We’ll take a look at current conspiracy theories, discuss how to detect and dismantle them, and illustrate how they can, in fact, be used to persuasively impart media literacy.
Renee Hobbs, Professor of Communication Studies and Director, Media Education Lab, Harrington School of Communication and Media, University of Rhode Island (RI)
WEEK 2: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
SESSION 1: Helping Students and Patrons Navigate Data in a Chaotic World
2:00-2:20 PM ET
Data is everywhere: in the news, on social media, in the grocery store, on our devices, and at school. Kids and adults alike often believe that if it’s a number, it has to be true! But there is often more to data and statistics than the numbers themselves. In this session, we’ll explore high-impact data literacy strategies that you can share with your students and patrons so they can effectively make sense of the data in their world.
Kristin Fontichiaro, Clinical Associate Professor, University of Michigan’s School of Information (MI)
SESSION 2: Show & Tell – Data Sells
2:20-3:00 PM ET
It’s easy to access data on just about everything these days, from topics making news headlines to the most popular dog names in your state. Data literacy – the ability to read, create and communicate data as information – is a vital skill for anyone in the business of supporting facts. In this hands-on session, you’ll learn ways to source useful, real-world data and easily turn it into compelling visuals, using free online tools, that support your literacy efforts and communication programs. Come away armed with resources and knowledge that you can use and share with your patrons.
Frank Bi, Editorial Engineer, SB Nation; Adjunct Professor, Fordham University (NY)
3:00-3:15 PM ET
SESSION 3: New Threats, New Strategies, New Tools
3:00-3:45 PM ET
Part 1: Fake news, deceptive journalism, and social media practices have been propelled into a new stratosphere during the past year. We’ll review what’s changed, identify online resources, and help you build curricula, programs, and tools to detect falsehoods.
Part 2: Acquire communication strategies for keeping news literacy discussions with people of all ages nonpartisan and non-alienating.
Damaso Reyes, Director of Community Partnerships and Engagement, The News Literacy Project
To be announced soon.