Information Literacy for 2020: critical thinking and practical skills

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Date(s) - 09/18/2020
10:30 am - 11:30 am

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Instructor: Teresa Schmidt, director, Mercer Public Library

Date: September 18, September 25, October 2 and October 9

Time: 10:30 a.m., approximately 60 minutes per session

Location: Online via Zoom

Cost: Free, donations gladly accepted on behalf of Fe University and the Mercer Public Library

The Association of College & Research Libraries defines information literacy as a “set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning”. A practical definition of information literacy in 2020 might be “the ability to identify and reject fake news, scams, and misleading information, in order to make good choices in life.”

As disinformation compounds the many issues the world faces this year, the need for information literacy skills in adults is more apparent than ever. Join librarian Teresa Schmidt in a 4-session course to look more closely at the nature of information and how it spreads in the modern era, the history of misinformation and disinformation, and the tools you can use to identify quality information or truly “do your own research” to make the choices you need to navigate these complex times.

  • Week 1: Misinformation, Disinformation, and Fake News – You’ll gain a better understanding of misinformation, disinformation, and fake news, and learn how and why information is created and shared.
  • Week 2: But Why Do They Do It? – Learn about the history of disinformation and influence in the media, and discuss the psychology of fake news and how it impacts the real world.
  • Week 3: Identifying Bad Information – Examine the critical thinking skills needed to identify fake news, along with tools you can use to recognize and combat it.
  • Week 4: Do Your Research! – Learn more about the academic research and publication process, the differences between traditional publishing and other publishing models, and how those processes affect the creation and sharing of information. You’ll also learn about quality tools you can use to do your own research, while avoiding the “Do yOuR reSeaRCh” pitfalls of the conspiracy theory crowd.


Registrations are closed for this event.