Navigating Misinformation Online: Toolkit Resources for Impactful Library Programming

90 minutes

A walkthrough of Be MediaWise: The Misinformation Resilience Toolkit For Libraries, a digital toolkit that librarians across the country can use to teach digital media literacy to adults in their communities.

Older adults, communities of color and rural populations in the U.S. are disproportionately affected by misinformation. This amplifies some of the biggest problems facing America today: intensifying polarization, promoting vaccine hesitancy and undermining faith in democratic institutions. MediaWise in collaboration with The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and Stanford Social Media Lab through support from Stanford Impact Labs and the Empowering Diverse Digital Citizens Lab, has created a digital toolkit that can be used by librarians across the country to teach digital media literacy to adults in their communities. This webinar will walk participants through the toolkit contents, highlight its key features and discuss concepts that can be introduced through a range of programming options.

Learning Outcomes

In this webinar, participants will:

  • Become familiar with the content and features in the Be MediaWise Misinformation Toolkit for Libraries and understand different ways the material can be presented in their libraries
  • Enhance their knowledge of the misinformation landscape in preparation for implementation of training programs in their libraries


This webinar will be presented online via Zoom. Closed captions will be enabled during the presentation, and we will email a copy of the slide deck to all registered attendees 24 hours before the presentation. The chat transcript and recording will be provided to all attendees within 48 hours of the webinar. If you need other reasonable accommodations, please reach out to us via email at by May 24, 2024. Requests made after that date may not be able to be accommodated.



Sean Marcus, Interactive Learning Designer, MediaWise

Sean Marcus is the Interactive Learning Designer for MediaWise at Poynter. Sean has spent 20 years teaching high school in Tampa Bay, twelve in public schools and eight in local independent schools. He has taught journalism, television production, creative writing and graphic design, and advised nationally recognized publications. Marcus holds a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and a master’s degree in English education, both from the University of South Florida. As a lifelong learner, he has pursued learning opportunities ranging from bookbinding and letterpress printing to digital citizenship and internet safety. He has presented at the Florida Council of Independent Schools’ annual conference, as well as at journalism education conferences at the local, state and regional level. In addition to coordinating Poynter’s high school program, Marcus is proud to have contributed to the course design of MediaWise’s self-directed fact-checking courses. When he is not teaching, he is busy curating his Twitter feed with a range of reliable news sources, reading and hanging out with his wife and three children.