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News Literacy Project: Countering ‘Truth Decay’

A new report from the RAND Corporation, a nonpartisan nonprofit research organization, confirms what we at the News Literacy Project have long known: There’s an urgent need for media literacy education that is scalable, culturally relevant and readily available.

Released earlier this month, Exploring Media Literacy Education as a Tool for Mitigating Truth Decay was produced as part of a RAND initiative exploring “Truth Decay,” which it defines as “the diminishing role that facts, data and analysis play in political and civil discourse” — in part, because of an increasingly complex information ecosystem.

NLP’s expertise as a leader and pioneer in news literacy education is noted throughout the report, which weighs the input and suggestions of many experts in the field and lays out the challenges to developing meaningful and scalable education programs.

For the last decade, our programs have provided educators with the tools and resources that enable their students to become civically engaged, news-literate adults. While the challenges RAND details are real, I can say with confidence that NLP is successfully meeting many of them.

I described NLP’s achievements regarding these specific points in a recent NLP Updateon our website, newslit.org. And thanks to your support, NLP’s contribution to the growing field of news literacy education continues to grow.

With best regards,

Alan Miller
Alan C. Miller
Founder and CEO
The News Literacy Project

Posted on: August 7, 2019, 6:34 am Category: Uncategorized

Value of the Special Librarian and Inclusion/Diversity in Decision Making

Another of my posts for the Lucidea Think Clearly blog.

 

Value of the Special Librarian and Inclusion/Diversity in Decision Making

Posted by: Stephen Abram

I had the wonderful opportunity to spend a lot of time in the Lucidea booth at the SLA Conference this year. I was signing my book for Lucidea and having great conversations with information professional colleagues—including Eugene Giudice, who asked me to do one of his videos about the impact of special librarians today, which you can view through the link at the foot of this post.
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Posted on: August 6, 2019, 1:32 pm Category: Uncategorized

HBR: Research Confirms: When Receiving Bad News, We Shoot the Messenger

Research Confirms: When Receiving Bad News, We Shoot the Messenger

https://hbr.org/2019/04/research-confirms-when-receiving-bad-news-we-shoot-the-messenger

Stephen

Posted on: August 6, 2019, 12:34 pm Category: Uncategorized

Self Improvement

Stop trying to be perfect — a practical guide to self-improvement

There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’ plan

https://medium.com/swlh/stop-trying-to-be-perfect-a-practical-guide-to-self-improvement-dcd964a52cf6

5 Things You Need to Cut Out of Your Life That Are Preventing You From Fast Progress

Posted on: August 5, 2019, 11:31 am Category: Uncategorized

How Great TED Speakers Distill 40 Years of Experience Into 18 Minutes

How Great TED Speakers Distill 40 Years of Experience Into 18 Minutes

A tactic you must master to be a great communicator on a TED stage or for any important presentation.
Stephen

Posted on: August 4, 2019, 11:18 am Category: Uncategorized

Wikipedia:How to run an edit-a-thon

Wikipedia:How to run an edit-a-thon

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:How_to_run_an_edit-a-thon

Why run an edit-a-thon?

  1. It helps build the encyclopedia
  2. It provides access to topic experts, and to offline source materials
  3. It builds relationships in the community
  4. It encourages editors to learn from each other, and by doing
  5. It entices people to become new Wikipedians
  6. It helps new Wikipedians to contribute
  7. It’s fun!

There may be other benefits, such as promoting Wikipedia in cultural institutions such as libraries or museums, but it doesn’t need to be more complicated than the reasons above.

 

 

 

 

Posted on: August 3, 2019, 11:10 am Category: Uncategorized

How libraries became tourism hotspots

How libraries became tourism hotspots

Globally, libraries have been adapting. Professor Stuart Kells takes a tour of the world’s best and discovers why they are still vital.

https://publishing.artshub.com.au/news-article/opinions-and-analysis/writing-and-publishing/the-conversation/how-libraries-became-tourism-hotspots-258156

Stephen

Posted on: August 2, 2019, 6:31 am Category: Uncategorized