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Thursday, February 8 • 8:30am - 10:00am
Youth Services SIG: Expanding Literacies Across the LIS Education Universe

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An overarching mission of librarianship has always focused on the need to prepare an informed citizenry, and in the era of “fake news,” “transmedia texts,” and increasing nationalism, this is more necessary than ever, especially in the context of young people. From understanding community needs on a local level to embedding practice with information literacy on a global level, contemporary library practice means incorporating practice with research, and addressing multiple literacies--from media literacy, to multiple literacies required to interpret and consume transmedia texts, to the types of literacies required to educate global citizens whose reach goes beyond borders. In order to create professionals who understand community needs in the context of multiple literacies, LIS educators must address each of these areas, and provide continuing education to keep professionals current as literacy needs evolve. This 90-minute panel will feature four 15-minute presentations, followed by 30 minutes of world cafe style discussion. Panelists will explore how to use research to create advocacy tools, how to leverage fake news to empower students via news media literacy, how to foster cultural competency via translations, and how to evaluate, critically analyze, and synthesize information across media platforms. Each of these presentations will highlight areas of information literacy necessary for an informed citizenry in the digital age.

Thursday February 8, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am MST