In today's information-rich world, it can be challenging to separate fact from fiction. GPL is here to help you sort through what you read and watch, and our librarians have the tools and knowledge to guide you. We sat down with our experts to learn more about the importance of being information literate. Read what they had to say below.
What is information literacy?
Jill L.: Information literacy is the ability to sort through all the facts, opinions, and data around us to understand which parts are reliable and important. It is having the tools to think critically about the information we consume.
Why is information literacy important?
Kimberly S.: It can be overwhelming determining what’s truth and what’s fiction. Information literacy helps us navigate this complex information landscape.
Liz K.: Adults and kids are constantly connected to media, so it is important to become a smarter media user by developing strong critical thinking skills.
Why should patrons care about information literacy?
Romi P.: Misinformation has proliferated in the digital age, posing potential risks to our health, our financial wellbeing, and our ability to effectively participate in democracy.
Katie S.: When we learn better, we teach better. If we're sure about our sources, then we can confidently have conversations about the news that matters to us.
How can the Library help?
Liz K.: Library resources can help parents break down complex ideas and how to teach their kids how to navigate disinformation.
Romi P.: Libraries act as trusted institutions where patrons can access a wide variety of resources with diverse viewpoints, and where citizens from all backgrounds feel welcome to ask questions, engage in open dialogue, and learn about the world around them.
Get information literacy tips and learn about our information literacy programs in our blog.