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September 07, 2011

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Totally agree with the need. Two thoughts:

1. There's also a Pondiscio aspect of this -- very hard for kids without much "core knowledge" to recognize websites with obvious errors or bias.

2. I wonder if media literacy is a possible new mission for librarians. Seth Godin wrote good blogs about it here and here. Because per your anecdote, this need isn't limited to kids.

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2010/01/the-future-of-the-library.html

http://sethgodin.typepad.com/seths_blog/2011/05/the-future-of-the-library.html

What you are describing is information literacy, not media literacy. There is a clear distintion between the two, but many people use the phrase media literacy when they actually mean info lit.

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