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Media Smart
Lessons, Tips and Strategies for Librarians, Classroom Instructors and Other Information Professionals

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ISBN 9781783305087
February 24, 2022 Forthcoming by Facet Publishing
198 Pages


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Book Description

Information has become one of the most crucial commodities in today’s world. From multinational corporations to single individuals, we all make critical decisions based on the information available to us. However, modern ease of access to information does not often guarantee access to good information. In this digital age, where facts can be easily manipulated to align with political, social or monetary aims, media literacy has become an essential skill.

Media Smart: Lessons, Tips and Strategies for Librarians, Classroom Instructors and other Information Professionals is an invaluable toolkit for navigating the fraught information landscape. From the history of media manipulation to practical applications of media literacy, this book will offer a thorough grounding in teaching students to defend themselves from mis-and dis-information. It discusses how technology affects the information we receive, offers a brief look at the psychology behind how we process information, describes the various means by which media can be manipulated and provides tips about how to recognize and avoid false or misleading information.

Featuring numerous classroom exercises and case studies specific to each aspect of media manipulation, this book is essential reading for students and educators in communications, media and information literacy as well as librarians and anyone interested in developing their media literacy skills.

Table of Contents

1. A brief history of media and media manipulation

2. Psychology of memory and learning

3. The Internet, technology and the media

4. Selecting information sources

5. Expertise, authority and Credibility

6. Language in media messages

7. Algorithms, Bots, Cyborgs and Artificial Intelligence

8. Statistics and data visualizations

9. Images, Reverse Image Searching and Deepfakes

10. Media manipulation and Fact Checking

11. The ethics of likes, clicks, shares and data harvesting

12. How we can help ourselves

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Joanna M. Burkhardt is a Professor and Collection Management Officer at the University of Rhode Island Library. She is the co-author of four books on information literacy, having taught the subject to both students and teachers since 1999. She has given workshops, presentations, podcasts, and keynote addresses on the international stage, and addressed the topic of fake news at the ALA Annual Conference in 2017.