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Media Smart Citizens: Media Literacy Week

Media Literacy Week

Media Literacy Week is the celebration of Media Literacy across the United States, held in conjunction with UNESCO’s Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week.

 

In part of Media Literacy Week (October 25-29, 2021), the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) of The New York Public Library (NYPL) is celebrating the five components of media literacy’s definition - Access, Analyze, Evaluate, Create, and Act - all week-long with a series of events meant to inspire critical thinking and promote the various resources available throughout NYPL that support media literacy.

 

Media literacy is an essential 21st-century skill. Come join us for a week-long celebration that will leave you inspired and informed! See below for a list of our Media Literacy Week events and related resources. 

SNFL Events

Inoculate Against Misinformation!
Monday, October 25, 2021, 1:30 - 2:30 PM

Online via Zoom. Registration required, click on link above. Ages 18+.

 

In this session led by PEN America, we will explore effective techniques to spot misinformation as it pertains to today's most threatening narratives, and tools and approaches we can use to verify information online and on social media and reduce societal harm.

 

The Euphorigen Investigation: A Virtual Escape Room on Media & Information

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 6 - 7:30 PM

Online via Zoom. Registration required, click on link above. Ages 18+.

 

Think you have what it takes to uncover the truth about a proposed brain-boosting supplement? Come join teams of 4-6 players and a game host to see if you can solve the mystery! The Euphorigen Investigation is an online escape room developed by the University of Washington Information School that immerses players in a world of manipulated media, social media bots, deep fakes and other forms of deception.

 

Accessing eMagazines and eNewspapers at NYPL

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 6:30 - 7:30 PM

Online via Zoom. Registration required, click on link above. Ages 18+.

 

Did you know that you can access issues of popular newspapers and magazines with your library card? Learn about Flipster, PressReader, and how to access issues of newspapers and magazines through our databases! We will also cover how to find articles from journals and periodicals, in addition to historic newspapers. 

 

Investigative Documentaries: Uncovering the Truth

Thursday, October 28, 2021, 6 - 7:30 PM

Online via Zoom. Registration required, click on link above. Ages 18+.


With the support of interviews, archival documents, and an inquisitive mind, documentaries have the power to take a deeper dive into a controversial issue and expose concealed information. Documentary filmmakers share their craft and how they take a unique approach to storytelling to create more awareness around an issue for their audience in this panel discussion organized by the Center for Communication.

TechConnect Events

Creating Your Own Podcast

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 2:30 - 4:30 PM.

In-Person at Pasculano Learning Center (Floor 6) of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL). Registration required, click on link above.

 

A podcast is a creative, on-demand audio show for sharing information, engaging audiences with stories, participating in community conversations, and much more. Come learn the basic recording techniques you need to get started and tips for building your own podcast.

 

Navigating Fake News on Social Media

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, 4:30 - 5:30 PM.

Online. Registration required, click on link above.

 

Learn how to improve your understanding of media environments and how fake news spreads.

 

Adobe Premiere: Tools and Effects

Thursday, October 28, 2021, 12:00 - 2:00 PM.

In-Person at Pasculano Learning Center (Floor 6) of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL). Registration required, click on link above.

 

Learn how to use more advanced editing tools and apply professional grade effects to your video using the industry leading video editing program Adobe Premiere Pro.

 

Internet for Beginners

Friday, October 29, 2021, 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM.

In-Person at Pasculano Learning Center (Floor 6) of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL). Registration required, click on link above.

 

An introduction to the Internet, including getting connected, using a web browser, and navigating web pages. Learn how to find information online using search engines and subject directories.

 

Photoshop Basics

Friday, October 29, 2021, 2:00 - 4:00 PM.

In-Person at Pasculano Learning Center (Floor 6) of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL). Registration required, click on link above.

 

Learn how to enhance photos using the # 1 photo editing software in the world: Adobe Photoshop. Get a basic introduction to Photoshop's tools, layers, and adjustments as you work through two example projects.

 

Visit the TechConnect website for additional class listings!

NYPL Related Resources

The New York Public Library's TechConnect program helps people of all ages develop confidence in their computer skills and grow more comfortable in today's digital world.

TechConnect offers more than 80 technology classes at libraries throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—all absolutely free! From learning the basics of how to use a computer to mastering essential computer business programs, there is a class for all students from beginner to advanced, including series classes for those who want more in-depth knowledge and classes on media production (video, podcasts, etc.).

TechConnect classes are offered online and onsite. Please visit the TechConnect website for more information and the upcoming class schedule. Inside the Pasculano Learning Center of Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL), patrons can visit their Studio 40 media lab and attend in-person training on media production.
 

 

The mission of Media Smart Citizens is to provide citizens with accessible media knowledge to critically examine content, evaluate sources, and use technology smartly to responsibly express themselves. Media Smart Citizens is powered by a team of media experts, students, and alumni of The New School Media Management Graduate Program and Parsons School of Design, collaborating with staff at The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library of The New York Public Library.

 

Together, the Media Smart Citizens team along with librarians at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library created a resource guide that highlights Media Smart Citizens’ four-part, nationally-recognized media and information literacy learning video series in addition to the various resources available throughout NYPL that support media literacy. Please visit libguides.nypl.org/mediasmartcitizens  to view the Media Smart Citizens resource guide.

 

Media Smart Citizens is a proud member of The UNESCO MIL Alliance, a groundbreaking effort to promote international cooperation to ensure that all citizens have access to media and information competencies.