On Tuesday, the Valley News ran an article by school librarian and blogger Maureen Paschal titled "How to Arm Your Kids Against Fake News". (Not available in the Valley News' digital edition, it is linked here to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch; same article, different headline.)
Media and information literacy have always been an integral part of every library's mission, and they are more important now than ever. In our library, we begin in 1st grade with a look at the difference between fact and opinion; in the 3-5 cluster, we discuss point of view, bias and purpose in media messages, and how to effectively search the internet and evaluate websites for quality; and in our technology electives, we discuss how our social media activity and online behavioral tracking can put us in a media bubble.
However, there is still more work to do! My hope is that every student leaves Newton with the tools they need to be savvy and compassionate consumers and creators of information and digital content, and I will continue to work to improve our library program to meet that goal.