Collaboration Across Sectors
Critical thinking about not only the evaluation of information, but one's responsibility as a citizen to be ethical in the creation and dissemination of information, is now clearly an essential component of lifelong learning. As such, strategies for encouraging the creation, evaluation, and sharing of credible sources (in all media formats) must now be shared not only through the instructional programs of school libraries and public libraries, but also academic libraries and special libraries (and, I would argue, archives and museums). The librarian's role in this is not only in creating programs that promote critical thinking about sources, ethical creation and use of information, and an understanding of the role of accurate information in engaged citizenship, but in building substantive and sustainable partnerships with others in educational, community-based, and civic organizations that will weave this instruction and the application of the lessons embedded in that instruction into broader work. This sort of community engagement is increasingly recognized as part of the core mission for academic institutions (including where I work) and the challenges of the present moment provide an opportunity to place them at the center of the academic library mission and to see this instructional mission as a thread that binds all members of the cultural heritage community together in teaching, learning, engagement, and community impact.