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Media Literacy for LIS Professionals

Media literacy is essential for all citizens to navigate the current environment of misinformation and disinformation. A recent survey of Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) Members by the University of Canberra found that 73% of the respondents believe libraries have a responsibility to educate others about media literacy.

You can read all the details in the full report. Or read the key findings in the snapshot report.

The University of Canberra, supported by ALIA, is now offering a seven-week flexible, self-paced online Media Literacy course for Librarians, Teacher Librarians and other Library staff such as Library Technicians or Assistants.

The course has been updated to include discussions and impacts of Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the sector. We explore current trends and impacts of AI on library practice, ethics and issues surrounding the integration of AI, and case studies, tools and tips. The module has been created in response to a desire from the LIS workforce to learn more about AI, libraries’ roles in AI, and includes a curated collection of the diverse and numerous sets of information, resources, learning programs and academic articles that are available, many of which are free.

The course will help you develop critical-thinking skills around the use of media, and will encourage you to consider and develop an online package for educating others as you progress through the course. By the end of the course you will:

  • Understand the social and digital media environment
  • Know how to verify information, distinguish news and facts from rumour, advertising and opinion
  • Understand how online advertising, marketing and strategic campaigning and advocacy persuades and influences
  • Identify misinformation, disinformation and media bias
  • Identify and understand how to protect yourself from scams and keep yourself safe online
  • Develop strategies for teaching media literacy knowledge and skills
  • Understand key concepts surrounding Artificial Intelligence (AI)
  • Explore current trends and issues driven by AI in the LIS sector
  • Review and document key resources in the field for ongoing education

The course is for those who teach media literacy to students and the public, including Librarians, Teacher Librarians and other Library staff such as Library Technicians or Assistants. It comprises of 50 hours of learning over the seven weeks, including your own reading and activities.

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COSTS (including GST)

ALIA Members: $495

Non-ALIA Members: $595

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