Information Literacy Skills
The International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) recently released its 2021 Trend Report which highlights the future of the library field as it relates to political, economic, social, cultural and technological trends. One trend is the Impatient User.
Schools are utilizing ClassLink and other SSOs so students can avoid multiple log-ins. This convenience supports quick and easy access to a variety of tools, however, does not easily transfer when searching for reliable information. If students cannot quickly locate what they need, it’s expected they will try a new search in which fast results typically provide less reliable sources and information. . Another trend is data domination through artificial intelligence.
Artificial intelligence shapes what a user sees when they access services through a wi-fi connected device. Advertisements are targeted based on user interests and search history and creates a limited perspective. School librarians are poised to help fellow educators and students navigate these two trends with resources offered through Project Look Sharp.
Ithaca College’s Project Look Sharp offers free lessons on how to decode media messages. Media includes journal and news articles, news programs, and advertisements. Helpful charts guide students through questions that not only help analyze media that has been created, but also when students (and educators) are creating media for sharing. These charts can be accessed at https://www.projectlooksharp.org and can be used effectively when helping students navigate bullying and building resiliency.
Some categories for inquiry and reflection include:
- What do they want me to do, think or feel?
- Who is the target audience?
Helping students navigate the barrage of information requires more than basic information literacy skills. If you wish to know more about Project Look Sharp, please contact me at Cecelia_Fuoco@caboces.org.
By: Cece Fuoco, CA BOCES Learning Resources
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