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How to Increase Your Information Literacy

For some, we may also work with older populations and may want to consider how to help

First, let’s start with a definition of information literacy

According to Webster’s Dictionary…just kidding, I won’t do that to you

However, it helps to start with a general idea about the topic here

While most of us believe we get our information from reliable sources, it is easy to forget

If they don’t, it may be time to cut back in order to increase your information

Look at where this information is coming from and who might benefit from it being distributed to

If you want to read more about the so-called “attention economy,” try this piece with seven books

Sometimes we forget that gathering and evaluating information should be an iterative process

Instead of doing this only once or twice, try to repeat critical thinking strategies on the same

And of course, there will be an added benefit of continuing to gather information about a topic

For this, I like to repurpose some writing advice that I read years ago from Robert Boice’

If you’re looking for a way to deal with news specifically, start with this guide on

She uses clear examples and steps you will find helpful and relevant

Unfortunately, “fake news” is one of those gifts that just keeps on giving

I highly recommend giving this a good read and applying what you learn to what you see

It gives you an introduction to some reliable ways to find information through your public library or (

There are also courses with LinkedIn Learning (called Information Literacy) and Future Learn’s Learning in the

Most are aimed at students, but adults might also find them worth trying

The BBC has made one called BBC iReporter, or there is another called Harmony Square where you

Honestly, sometimes I wish information literacy were a less relevant topic

But you and I both know that this is the reality in so many places around the

We have to keep moving forward and continuing to teach ourselves and others around us how to

If you find that this isn’t enough for you, check out these 10 books about bad information

And just in case you need an uplifting break, read 32 reasons I became a librarian and let