Media Literacy at Your Library Training

7 hours

Can your patrons spot fake news? Can you? Learn how your library can fight fake news at the 2019 ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Join the ALA Public Programs Office and the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University for a one-day workshop to learn how your library can help adults in your community become eagle-eyed news consumers.

Media Literacy at Your Library Training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, June 21, as part of the 2019 ALA Annual Conference (June 20 to 25).

In this intensive one-day preconference, participants will:

  • Be trained in the media literacy curriculum developed by Stony Brook University’s Center for News Literacy
  • Learn how you can empower patrons to recognize fake news
  • Work with other libraries to brainstorm and develop program ideas
  • Develop a media literacy program plan for your library using Human-Centered Design methods
  • Receive a certificate of completion

This preconference is suited for any library employee who works with adult patrons.

See pricing and registration instructions under the conference Ticketed Events page under “PPO (Public Programs Office)” or add Event Code “PPO1” to your conference registration bundle.

Participants may register for the workshop as part of their conference registration or as a single session. For assistance with registering for the workshop, contact the ALA Public Programs Office at 312-280-5045 or


Michael Spikes has been teaching, writing about, and developing curriculum on the subject of news and media literacy and its production for more than a 15 years. Currently, he is currently a Ph.D. student at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy and is a consultant on the adaptation of news media literacy educational tools for the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, and school districts in the Chicago area. He previously has held positions as media studies instructor in both public and public charter schools in Washington D.C. and sat on the educational advisory team at the Newseum, a museum focusing on the history of newsgathering and its role in US history. He has also held roles as a producer of media, primarily in radio as a radio producer and youth trainer for NPR. He currently is a producer for the Kellogg Insight podcast at Northwestern University.