Now Accepting Student Applications for $1000 Stipend – Deadline October 16

Every year, the Delaware Valley Chapter of the ACRL awards a stipend to support future academic librarians. A $1000 stipend will be awarded to a student enrolled in an ALA-accredited program to help offset the cost of educational expenses. Eligible applicants also must work or reside in the Chapter’s service area. To apply, please submit an essay on the following topic:

Using the ACRL’s Framework to Teach News Literacy

The Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year in 2016 was Post-Truth, defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

Libraries have long developed educational programming and collections that support critical thinking and informed decision-making. However, with the spread of misleading or fabricated stories through social media networks and the highly polarized politics of today, the way that people interact with the news has changed.

Our information landscape is evolving and librarians must develop new approaches to fostering healthy information practices and metaliteracy skills. Recognizing this need, the ACRL adopted the Framework of Information Literacy Instruction for Higher Education. In an essay, describe how the framework may be used to address the problems of a post-truth society.  

Word Count: 500 – 1000

Deadline: Monday, October 16 2017

Please send submission to dvcmentoring@gmail.com