Librarians As Information Literacy Educators
I am SO glad this topic has finally gained the prominence it deserves, which is among the top issues of our day. I am a teacher and MLIS student who is making a mid-life career change to go into academic library instruction because I feel so strongly about the importance of information literacy education. I have been passionate about this issue for a long time. I believe that librarians hold the keys to this issue, in our roles as educators and facilitators of information literacy skills. My goal is to empower students with the knowledge and skills necessary to access and discern credible information. With the immense information landscape and resultant confusion about truth, facts, and authoritative information, we must be bold leaders in this arena. As a Teaching Assistant in a freshman course called "Fake Checking: Combatting Disinformation In the Real World," I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of educating college students about skills such as lateral reading, assessing biases, and engaging in the deep critical thinking and discussion that this complex topic demands. I look forward to returning to in-person classes in the Fall, when I will have the opportunity to teach Information Literacy skills to English 101 students. I have so many ideas for how to make this instruction pertinent and relevant to the goal of empowering students with this crucial set of knowledge and skills in a lively, meaningful, and engaging manner.