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Media Literacy in the Library: A Guide for Library Practitioners
Place of publication | Year of publication | Collation: 
[Chicago] | 2020 | 30 p.
Corporate author: 
American Library Association (ALA); Institute of Museum and Library Services
Europe and North America
© American Library Association (ALA) 2020

As information providers and hubs for lifelong learning, libraries have always been resources for helping communities develop media literacy skills. Now, in the midst of a global pandemic, and in an age when we increasingly rely on digital media for information and communication, these critical thinking skills are more important than ever. The American Library Association (ALA), working with talented thought leaders across the library and media literacy sectors, has created Media Literacy in the Library: A Guide for Library Practitioners to help library workers prepare for day-to-day interactions like the imagined reference desk one above.


In this guide, we offer resources and ideas to plan programs and activities to teach media literacy skills to adults and also to integrate these skills into programming you already offer at your library. This guide has been created for out-of-school adult audiences, who library workers will generally meet in a public library context.


Resource Type: 
Toolkits and practical guides
Civic / Citizenship / Democracy
Media and Information Literacy
Level of education: 
Lifelong learning
Non-formal education


Media literacy; Civics; Misinformation; Disinformation; Media literacy education; Library; MIL