Media Literacy Week Celebration 2021

By John Daquino, Supervising Librarian, Outreach and Community Programs
September 20, 2021
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL)
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Media literacy is an essential twenty-first century skill. As part of Media Literacy Week (October 25–29), the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) of The New York Public Library is celebrating the five components of media literacy—Access, Analyze, Evaluate, Create, and Act— all week long with a series of events to inspire critical thinking and promote the various resources available throughout NYPL that support media literacy.

Join us for a week-long celebration that will leave you inspired and informed! Below you'll find a list of our Media Literacy Week events and related resources.

Media Literacy Week Events

Inoculate Against Misinformation!
Monday, October 25, 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 to reduce societal harm.

The Euphorigen Investigation: A Virtual Escape Room on Media & Information
Tuesday, October 26, 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 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, 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 Media Literacy Week 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 Resources

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 the 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.About Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL): The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) is the largest circulation branch of The New York Public Library. Located at the site of the former Mid-Manhattan Library on 5th Avenue and 40th Street, SNFL is a completely transformed, state-of-the-art library following a full-scale renovation.

About Media Literacy Week: The annual U.S. Media Literacy Week is hosted by the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE). The mission is to highlight the power of media literacy education and its essential role in education all across the country.