ALA is seeking 12 librarian advisors to support the creation of a toolkit to teach digital media literacy.
The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, in collaboration with the Poynter Institute for Media Studies’ digital media literacy initiative MediaWise and Stanford Social Media Lab through support from Stanford Impact Labs and the Empowering Diverse Digital Citizens Lab, is seeking twelve librarian advisors to support the creation and distribution of a digital toolkit that can be used by librarians across the country to teach digital media literacy to adults in their communities.
Application instructions are below. Submissions are requested by February 13, 2023.
About the Be MediaWise: The Misinformation Resilience Toolkit Project
The internet and social media platforms have become rife with misinformation and disinformation. Concerns about misinformation exacerbate many of the key problems facing America today: intensifying polarization, promoting vaccine hesitancy, and undermining faith in democratic institutions. Critically, disinformation exposure is not equal for all Americans. The costs of misinformation are borne disproportionately by older adults, communities of color, and rural populations.
Early research suggests that relatively brief digital media literacy interventions have the potential to dramatically improve people’s ability to discern credible information from misinformation online. Through the Be MediaWise: The Misinformation Resilience Toolkit project, librarian advisors will advise on the creation and promotion of a digital toolkit that can be used to teach digital media literacy to adults in their communities. The toolkit may include resources such as a self-directed online course, instructional videos, examples of misinformation, guides to holding local workshops, and helpful resources to include in library newsletters and social channels. In the long-term, equipping diverse Americans with the skills and resources they need to be resilient to disinformation and capable of finding credible information is a vital part of having an informed future citizenry and a healthy democracy.
Project staff will select twelve advisors to participate in this opportunity from March 2023 - November 2023.
Working with project staff from ALA’s Public Programs Office, MediaWise, and Stanford Social Media Labs, the advisors will counsel on the creation and dissemination of a toolkit for library workers to use across the country to teach digital media literacy skills to adults. Advisors will be selected for their expertise in digital media literacy, library programming, and experience with serving older adults, communities of color, and/or rural populations.
- Participate in monthly virtual meetings with project staff and the rest of the advisory group, beginning March 2023 and ending November 2023.
- Advise on creation of a toolkit in collaboration with project partners by providing input on direction, content, and resources.
- Serve as thought leaders for the project and its outputs.
- Act as subject matter experts who suggest additional resources.
- Advise on best ways to ensure wide distribution of project deliverables.
- Share the project deliverables widely through your library systems, state libraries, or other communications channels.
- Be available to provide feedback to project staff, as needed, by phone (rare) or email (common).
Each advisor will receive:
- A $1,300 honorarium, payable in two installments at the beginning and end of the project term.
- Acknowledgment in the finished toolkit.
How to Apply
To apply, please prepare the following materials. Applications must be submitted electronically in a single PDF document that includes:
- A brief statement addressing your interest in the position (600 words max).
- Your resume or CV.
The single PDF must be submitted via email by 9:00 a.m. Central Time on February 13, 2023 to Meghan Gieseker at email@example.com. Questions may be directed to Meghan at the same email address.
All applicants will be notified of their status by February 27, 2023.