Making it Happen, Making it Count: Celebrating Libraries’ Contribution to Media and Information Literacy
25 October 2017
As a key partner of the UNESCO Global Alliance of Partnerships for Media and Information Literacy, IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmeròn and Secretary-General Gerald Leitner will attend the 6th Global Media and Information Literacy Week held in Kingston, Jamaica from the 25th of October to the 1st of November 2017. UNESCO launched this global partnership in 2013 with the goal to highlight critical thinking and global media awareness.
Global MIL Week 2017, organised under the theme “Media and Information Literacy in Critical Times: Re-imagining Ways of Learning and Information Environments” will focus on public awareness and the importance of media and information literacy at a global level.
Current and future digital citizens need skills to evaluate critically, identify, use and transform information to build knowledge societies, enhance individual empowerment, and promote dialogue and human rights. Libraries have an incomparable expertise in this type of work as they are experienced in developing media and information literacy among their users, from schools to universities, and beyond into communities.
The GAPMIL conference will highlight libraries working on after-school and community-based MIL programs worldwide. IFLA, as the global voice of libraries, is attending the conference to reiterate the importance of our members’ work in promoting media and information literacy. IFLA President Glòria Pérez-Salmeròn will participate in the opening session, while Secretary-General Gerald Leitner will lead a session on libraries, media and information literacy and the UN 2030 Agenda. IFLA representatives will also speak in sessions on gender, and on UNESCO's Internet Universality indicators initiative.
The conference is just one event where stories of libraries’ contribution can be heard. On the Global MIL Week website, libraries can register their own events, giving them greater prominence. Additionally, MIL CLICKS, a media and information literacy portal on the UNESCO website also provides ongoing support to libraries with videos and tool kits related to digital media literacy. The MIL CLICKS website provides extensive tutorials about open access, digital literacy and MIL teaching resources in various languages, among those English, Arabic, French, Spanish and Russian.
IFLA has recently released a statement on digital literacy to also provide an in-depth background of the work libraries worldwide are conducting in the field of digital literacy and the meaning of such debated term. The IFLA statement also includes a resource pack with case studies and additional reading material.