Public libraries: a space for Media Literacy Education

October 1, 2021

Poland

What if public libraries were also a place to train and raise young cyber-citizens? Experts from the librarian world will address the role of public libraries in strengthening students as fake news resistant and responsible information producers. A plenary session and workshops will be proposed to librarians in order to further develop and implement educational actions in public libraries.

Organizing structure

The Civis Polonus Foundation, which works for public libraries in Poland, and cooperates with librarian organizations, voivodeship libraries, and non-governmental organizations.

Participants

60 librarians from all over Poland will be invited to take part.

Several media literacy expert will participate as speakers:

  • Draginja Nadazdin, human rights defender, former director of Amnesty International Poland;
  • Dr Karol Jachymek, SWPS University;
  • Małgorzata Kilian, President of the Demagog Association – fact-checking organisation;
  • Maciej Sopyło, media literacy trainer;
  • Joanna Różycka-Thiriet, Civis Polonus Foundation.

Time

The event will take place on 1 October, 2021, from 10:00 to 16:00, in the welcoming and modern space of Mediateka START-META in Warsaw’s Bielany district. It is one of the most modern public libraries with a very rich educational and cultural programme for young people.

 

Details

Seminar topics

 

  • What are young people’s information practices and why?
  • Do students understand how today’s media work?
  • Why is media literacy important for young people themselves, but also for all of us?
  • Why are teachers and librarians interested in undertaking media education for young people?
  • How can we use the teaching materials presented to run interesting and practical courses on critical reception and responsible content creation?
  • What are the important phenomena in contemporary media that are worth discussing with young people, and what exercises can be used to work with older students in primary and secondary schools?
  • How can we encourage primary and upper secondary students to be not only conscious and critical receivers of information, but also creators of it?

Seminar programme

 

10:00 – 10:30: Registration, welcome coffee.

10:30 – 12:00: Discussion with the above-mentioned speakers on the following topic: “Young people as critical consumers of information and responsible content creators. Educational challenges and opportunities for schools and libraries”.

12:20 – 14:00: Training workshops & presentation of our educational resources on media literacy.

14:00 – 14:45: Lunch

14:45 – 16:00: Discussion on the following topic: “How can schools and public libraries cooperate for a critical and responsible reception and production of content by young people?”, follwed by a guided tour of the Media Library.

 

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