2022 Information Literacy Summit

Expanding the Conversation: Digital, Media, and Civic Literacies In and Out of the Library
Presented by College of DuPage Library, DePaul University Library, and Moraine Valley Community College Library


Friday, April 29, 2022
8:45 a.m. CentralWelcome
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Central Keynote: Dr. Miriam Sweeney
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Central Breakout Session 1
11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CentralBreakout Session 2
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CentralLunch
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. CentralBreakout Session 3
2:30 – 3:15 p.m. CentralBreakout Session 4

Keynote Presentation

Facing Our Computers: Algorithmic Literacies as Praxis | Transcript
Miriam E. Sweeney, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama
“Facing Our Computers: Algorithmic Literacies as Praxis” is a call to turn our attention to the current technological environment, characterized by increased reliance on algorithmic technologies, and grapple with it as part and parcel of the broader social, political, and economic landscape. Borrowing from Paulo Freire’s (1972) definition of praxis as “reflection and action directed at the structure to be transformed”, I invite us to consider how ”facing our computers” (i.e. developing critical algorithmic literacies as a reflective tool) might help LIS “expand the conversation” around algorithmic culture in our professional roles in order to better formulate actions and responses that lead us to better collective futures.

Breakout Sessions

Themes: Beyond the Library, Digital Literacy, Disinformation, Civic Literacy, Collaboration, Foundations of IL, FYE, IL in the Disciplines, News & Media Literacy, Social Justice, Technology and Tools

Session 1

Student As Interviewer, Faculty Research As Topic: A New Model For University Library Podcasting
Edward Remus, Social Sciences Librarian, Northeastern Illinois University 
Maria Gonzalez, Spring 2021 NEIUideas podcast intern, Northeastern Illinois University
Jim Laczkowski, Summer 2021 NEIUideas podcast intern, Northeastern Illinois University, Library Associate, Chicago Public Library
When you hear “library podcast,” you probably think of a podcast about libraries. This remains the traditional model, but is it the best model for your library? This panel presents an alternative: a university library podcast about subject faculty research, with interviews conducted by students who are trained by librarians. This model provides students with digital media literacy skills while strengthening partnerships between the library and campus departments. This panel presents a working example of this model alongside resources for starting a similar podcast at your library. It features a project coordinator, a podcasting expert, and an undergraduate student podcaster.
Digital Literacy, Technology and Tools, Collaboration

Disinformation & the Black Lives Matter Movement: Dismantling Neutrality for the Sake of Information and Racial Equality
Faith C. Rice, Librarian II & Doctoral Student, Dominican University
In 2016, a Russian organization targeted the Black Lives Matter movement through social media, exploiting long-standing misconceptions about identity and inequality as part of their attempt to divide the Black voting community in the U.S. election. This event led to the disinformation phenomenon in which librarians began placing a high priority on information and media literacy. However, LIS professionals approach this task in the traditional manner of maintaining neutrality, which researchers identify as problematic in a profession that is inherently an act of social justice. This presentation will examine and present methods for studying structural inequality as it applies to information literacy.
Disinformation, News & Media Literacy, Social Justice

“I’m Sensing Some Hostility”: Teaching Students to Overcome Personal Biases When Evaluating Sources
Jaclyn Spraetz, Information Literacy Librarian, Miami University
Nate Floyd, Student Success Librarian for Foundational Learning. Miami University

The hostile media effect helps to explain how opposing partisans believe neutral news reporting is biased against their side. By learning about this media effect, students can uncover their biases and reflect on how partisanship can make evaluating sources more difficult. Presenters will share ideas on how to incorporate the hostile media effect into information literacy instruction and discuss how it can empower students to think critically about political polarization and mistrust in the media.
News & Media Literacy, Civic Literacy

All We Can TikTok About: Media Literacy Instruction in the TikTok Era | Presentation Materials
Kelly Leahy, Student Success & Engagement Librarian, Beloit College
Haley Lott, Student Success & Engagement Librarian, Beloit College

You wake up in the morning (feeling like P. Diddy), and the first thing you turn to is your phone, launching TikTok, entering the world of memes and misinformation. We came for the ‘Fancy Like’ dance challenge and gripping stories about the tragic taco-filled Millennial dating scene, but then encountered viral videos filled with questionable medical advice. Join us to discuss our TikTok literacy lesson plan, where we will provide resources to replicate this exercise with your community, and hold a mini-workshop where participants assume the role of ‘student’ to practice viewing and analyzing this new form of media from a casual users’ perspective.
Technology and Tools, Digital Literacy, Beyond the Library

When Your YouTube Algorithm Scares You: Data, Media, and Civic Literacy in a Semester-Long Library Course
Dr. Colleen Harris, Head of Instruction, Engagement, California State University Channel Islands
Beth Blackwood, Digital Curation & Scholarship Librarian, California State University Channel Islands

A librarian redesigned a semester-long general education course providing learners with strategies to help them make sense of and interrogate our information-saturated world in context with data and algorithms. Participants will consider assignment design to engage learners with how data and algorithms function in the technologies they use in their everyday lives, learn how to engage students via traditional and innovative assignments, and will consider ideas for their own data, media, and civic literacy learning outcomes.
News & Media Literacy, Civic Literacy

Session 2

Bias, Perspective & Fake-News Oh My!: Opening Eyes & Minds in a First-year College Writing Course
Melanie Sellar, Head of Instruction and Assessment, University Library, Santa Clara University
Robin Tremblay-McGaw, Lecturer, English Department, Santa Clara University

Student consumption of media and use of algorithmic news platforms has increased during the pandemic, building on an already well-documented reliance. An English faculty member and instruction librarian saw the need and opportunity to help develop students’ critical news literacies, so they collaborated to develop a multi-part, scaffolded assignment for first-year writing students –The Rhetorical Analysis of Bias and Perspective — with an accompanying set of asynchronous and synchronous information literacy activities. Learn about this partnership, explore the instructional materials and activities, and develop some additional ideas to take away for your own instruction.
News & Media Literacy; FYE; Foundations of IL

The Critical Cataloging Project at Chicago Public Schools – Culturally Responsive Metadata
Sarah Steiger, Library and Digital Media Manager, Department of Curriculum, Instruction and Digital Learning, Chicago Public Schools
Kara Thorstenson, Director of Libraries and Instructional Technology, Chicago Public Schools

What are the ways that equity shows up in collection development and metadata? How does metadata passively thwart the equity work of collection development? How might I critically examine the subject headings in our school district’s or library’s catalog? Dive into critically examining your collection through keywords, subject headings, embellishments, and removals with Chicago Public Schools, where we are working on the Critical Cataloging Project, an initiative spearheaded by CPS Librarians to remove terms that are historically racist, sexist, ableist, and heteronormative. In this session, we will explore how through strategic partnerships we might transform library systems with micro-adjustments.
Foundations of IL, Social Justice, Technology and Tools

CANCELLED Where Media Literacy and Civic Literacy Can Unite: Engaging the Progressively Inclusive Representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe with IL Instruction to Help Students Understand Their Own Civic Engagement
Heather F. Ball, Critical Pedagogy Librarian for Student Success, Assistant Professor, St. John’s University
Dana DeFilippo, Graduate Researcher, St. John’s University

In the increasingly accessible information age, it is imperative for users to understand how to discern and decipher certain messages embedded in popular media and culture. By doing so, it enables the user to reach a deeper understanding of the social and cultural issues around them, and how to uncover the motives and meanings behind them. To this end, the authors seek to use the popular media vehicle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to illustrate how to incorporate media literacy into information literacy instruction towards an effort of helping students to understand the possibilities of their own civic engagement.
News & Media Literacy, Social Justice, Beyond the Library

Embracing “Information Wellness”: A New Paradigm for Teaching Information Literacy
Maya Hobscheid, Instructional Design Librarian, Grand Valley State University
Meredith Knoff, Learning Commons Librarian, Indiana University Bloomington

Despite academic libraries’ work to cultivate information literate students, the rapidly evolving information landscape extends beyond the classroom. Because instruction often remains embedded in coursework, it can be difficult to determine if students are transferring information literacy practices beyond graduation. By partnering with units in student life, libraries can adapt wellness to information literacy, creating the concept “information wellness,” to transform how librarians prepare students to successfully navigate the information economy. This approach to teaching students about information production, dissemination, and the role that information plays in their everyday life provides potential to translate information literacy beyond students’ academic career.
Beyond the Library, Collaboration

CANCELLED Researching Primary Sources and Building OERs with First-Year Students
Billie Cotterman, Head of Electronic Resources and Access Services, Nebraska Wesleyan University
All first-year students take a seminar at our institution which usually culminates in a research paper. Using Project-Based Learning, I taught two sections of this class how to explore timely historical topics (first, the Civil War/Reconstruction; second, the Holocaust and America’s response) by finding, analyzing, and incorporating primary source documents into their research, which students used to build our class community’s Open Education Resource. In this session, we will explore how to use history and technology to talk about social justice and media literacy; assemble a toolkit of resources; view examples of student projects; and how this might be incorporated into other classes.
Technology and Tools, News and Media Literacy, Social Justice

Session 3

Civic Literacies and Information Literacy: What a Review of Literature Tells Us | Presentation Slides
Leanna Fry Balci, Instructional Design Librarian, Brigham Young University
Matthew Armstrong, Experiential Studio and Online Learning Supervisor, Brigham Young University

We hear a lot about the connection between civic literacy and information literacy, but what does the research actually say about the relationship between the two? This session will explore the connections—or lack thereof—between civic literacy and information literacy skills. The session will also discuss evidence-based best practices for those interested in teaching civic literacy in the context of information literacy. Attendees will leave the session with a better understanding of the research about civic literacy and information literacy, recommendations for future research ideas based on gaps in the literature, and knowledge of best teaching practices.
Civic Literacy, Foundations of IL

The Broken Mind?: Polarization, Bias, Rationality, & Information Literacy
Troy Swanson, Library Department Chair, Moraine Valley Community College
It is sometimes easy to believe that the mind is broken. Heuristic thinking, my-side bias, and motivated reasoning seem to dominate decision-making and rationality. Current thinking in psychology & neuroscience offers insights that we can apply to information literacy skills. This session seeks to build connections between how the mind works and pedagogical approaches. In this talk, we will consider ways the conscious & unconscious interact, contexts when rationality is successful, and instances when worldview leads to biased decisions.
Foundations of IL, Beyond the Library

Missing Hand, Missing Information: Using Digital Scholarship to Expand Opportunities for Media Literacy Instruction
Abigail Mann, Online Learning Librarian, Illinois Wesleyan University
The hand in question has been missing since 1936. The student-created website contained a picture of its owner and nothing else, not even that she was famous for losing a hand in a munitions explosion. Yet after an online intervention, the turnaround was dramatic: the final website often emphasized an item’s origin and why that mattered. This session focuses on how the pitfalls of digital research can actually become potential, making students more aware of themselves as both consumers and producers of information. It also explores how the digital platform itself might become a space of continued interaction.
Digital Literacy, Beyond the Library

Teaching Algorithmic Literacy to Promote Critical Information Engagement | Presentation Slides
Ashley Shea, Head of Instruction Initiatives, Cornell University Library
Reanna Esmail, Lead Librarian for Instruction, Cornell University Library

In this presentation, we will introduce an active learning activity in which we have students review the Split Screen on the Citizen Browser project to start learning about the effects that algorithms are having right now on their information consumption. Attendees will gain an understanding of algorithmic systems, how they influence and bias information retrieval, notable case studies in which biased decision-making is well-documented, and how librarians can teach students some of the skills needed to be savvy information consumers. We will provide strategies to critically engage students in questions about equitable information access, and privacy rights.
Technology and Tools, Digital Literacy

Not Either/Or but Better: Moving Beyond the CRAAP Test to Teach about Bias Filters | Presentation Materials
Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian, Cleveland State University
Many librarians have pointed out the disadvantages of the CRAAP test for teaching students source evaluation. Mike Caulfield’s SIFT method does a better job of helping students navigate today’s information landscape; however, it doesn’t necessarily explain why some sources are more reliable than others. This session will describe an information literacy concept that addresses this issue: “bias filters.” Bias filters are aspects of the information creation process that help reduce bias in the final product, such as peer review and fact-checking teams. By describing bias filters, librarians can help students understand why some sources, despite being imperfect, are generally trustworthy.
Foundations of IL, News & Media Literacy, Disinformation

Session 4

Creating to Learn: Propaganda and the Attention Economy | Presentation Materials
Pamela Mann, Associate Research and Instruction Librarian, St. Mary’s College of Maryland
Christopher Heckman, Assistant Research and Instruction Librarian, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

This session will present a collaborative project, the Media Literacy Civic Engagement and Democracy Project (MLCED) between the Library and the Center for the Study of Democracy at a small public liberal arts college. Joined by faculty from the departments of International Languages & Cultures and the Fine Arts, we designed a workshop for college students focused on propaganda and the attention economy. Our presentation will provide an overview of the MLCED Project; discuss the planning and implementation of the workshop; including learning outcomes, lesson plans, and readings; potential collaborative partners; and media literacy professional development opportunities.
Civic Literacy, News & Media Literacy, IL in the Disciplines, Collaboration

Teaching Information and Media Literacy Skills for the Classroom and Beyond | Presentation Materials
Brooke Gross, Research & Instruction Librarian and Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi
Adam Clemons, Research & Instruction Librarian and Assistant Professor, University of Mississippi
For several years, librarians at the University of Mississippi have taught traditional information literacy sessions to students on academic probation, particularly those seeking readmission to the college after academic suspension or dismissal. These library sessions, instructional materials, and activities have recently been retooled to include more emphasis on critical thinking and media literacy. This presentation will describe how our instruction has evolved, focusing on changes to our pedagogical approach, session content, and assessment methods. We will also discuss key challenges and opportunities related to teaching information and media literacy beyond academic endeavors, conducting a sample hands-on activity.
Foundations of IL, News & Media Literacy

Information Literacy as Voting Literacy: Creating a Consultation Service to Educate Students about the Electoral Process
Emily Alford, Head of Government Information, Maps, and Microform Services, Indiana University Bloomington
Meredith Knoff, Learning Commons Librarian, Indiana University Bloomington
This session will discuss how a government information librarian and instruction/public services librarian created a one-on-one consultation service for students focused on voter registration and searching for and evaluating electoral information, such as candidate voting records, ballot measures, and identifying bias in information sources. Attendees will discuss the challenges and limitations of engaging in political discussions in public institutions, how to engage local partners, and outreach strategies for promoting a consultation service. The session will end with attendees identifying ways to launch a similar service at their own library.
Civic Literacy, Collaboration

Adding a Little Mystery to a University FYE Program: How Librarians Developed a Mystery Game to Teach Fundamental Search Skills to First Years
Yi Han, Assistant Dean for Student Engagement, Illinois Institute of Technology
Nichole Novak, Online Learning and Instruction Librarian, Illinois Institute of Technology

This session will cover how one library team identified and collaborated with campus partners on a first-year experience (FYE) program by designing a library module that included creative and fun ways to teach first-year students fundamental search skills and lessen library anxiety. Presenters will share their successes and challenges in setting manageable learning goals and developing a lesson plan as well as the importance of test runs with feedback, program assessment, and scheduling. Librarians who want to learn how to inject some challenging fun into an FYE program should attend.
Collaboration, FYE, Foundations of IL

Small Actions, Grassroots Efforts, and Community Building: Inspiring Fresh Perspectives on Teaching Information Literacy in a Time of Uncertainty
Andrea Baer, Public Services Librarian, Rowan University
Dan Kipnis, Life Sciences Librarian, Rowan University

In this workshop, two academic librarians will share their grassroots approach to fostering civic and digital literacies through their work in teaching “lateral reading” and online source evaluation. We will reflect on how a small action, creating an online research guide, was a seed for growing roots – connections and relationships – and for expanding our own teaching and our educational outreach. While we’ll touch on work with lateral reading, our primary focus will be reflecting with fellow librarians on small actions as regenerative responses to burnout and as starting points for more collective engagement in civic literacy education.
Civic Literacy, Digital Literacy, Collaboration