Post by guest blogger, Liam Bullingham, Liaison Librarian at the University of Sheffield.
We click millions of time each day. We click to search, read, listen, interact, play, and create…but are we doing it wisely?
This is the question UNESCO asks us to consider during Global Media and Information Literacy Week 2018. There are events all over the world, centred around the 8th Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue Conference in Latvia. Those of us not travelling to Kaunas can join in with the ‘MIL Clicks’ events using #MILCLICKS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. On 30 October 2018 there will be an interactive webinar where Twitter users can put questions to experts on ‘Tackling Disinformation with Media and Information Literacy’.
This echoes the Library’s Information and Digital Literacy Framework, specifically the literacies of Questioning and Creating. Creating empowers learners to blend ideas from a range of quality sources and produce new knowledge. In doing this, we synthesise and appraise the merits of different and sometimes conflicting viewpoints, embracing new media and technologies. This develops our students as citizens, preparing them for the wider world beyond university. Through IDL, Sheffield graduates can achieve UNESCO’s vision of gaining the wisdom to promote peace building, dialogue, diversity, equality, freedom of expression and better internet experiences…all of which sounds well worth celebrating!