Event Wrap Up: Digital Literacy Reconsidered

On Tuesday, 4th February, at UTS in Sydney, a Meetup was held by UTS Engage to reconsider the concept of digital literacy.  There were two speakers – Heidi Julien, Professor of Information Science at the University at Buffalo; and Amelia Johns, Senior Lecturer in Digital and Social Media at UTS Sydney.

Heidi Julien reflected on the huge importance placed on digital literacy, that it doesn’t really warrant.  UNESCO have stated that information and digital literacy “contributes to sustainable world peace”. The burden of world peace is one that is now placed on the shoulders of educators and librarians! This burden is often reinforced by librarians who make lofty claims about the importance of digital literacy and see themselves as the gatekeepers of digital literacy, while frequently not having experience or expertise in teaching.

Information seeking processes are situational, social and embodied as part of a dynamic process.  People believe what they have been brought up to believe, not always remembering where they got their information, and so their internal biases are difficult to overcome.  Social conformity also impacts our search processes and so while information/digital literacy is important, it’s insufficient on its own as a basis for widespread change.

Digital literacy is increasingly important for most careers, and so is an important part of our lives but it’s not a magic bullet that will fix social and economic inequity.  Ultimately Ms Julien had a lot of challenges and questions for us but not a lot of answers.

Amelia Johns spoke second, presenting research findings on misinformation and hate speech on social media, looking specifically into social media output surrounding the recent bushfires.

Digital literacy was added to the primary and high school curriculum to equip students with tech skills, but then social issues like trolling and online bullying were added to the curriculum under the guise of digital citizenship as an example of another social issue teachers are charged with fixing.  The challenge is that research has shown that trolling is done by digitally literate people; these highly digital literate people use their skills to promote hate speech and misinformation to create “information disorder”. They don’t share misinformation because they believe it’s true, they share it to get attention.

Ms Johns then went on to discuss preliminary findings from their research which suggested that those who did not believe in the #ClimateEmergency provided links from less respected sources.

Dana Boyd’s article “You Think You Want Media Literacy… Do You? and Ted Talk “What Hath We Wrought” were given as suggested “further reading” as was the new book “Why We’re Polarised” by Ezra Klein.

Finally, we had a Q&A session which was recorded here.

To read another summary of this event head to LinkedIn.

March Newsletter

March 2020

Welcome to March’s newsletter! As the year is now in full swing, please keep up to date with all of the latest events happening across the country and online.

Remember to check back with this newsletter throughout the month for updates on what we’re up to on online and in your state. 

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Want to get engaged with ALIA SNGG?  ALIA Students and New Graduates Group are always on the look out for new social media coordinators to join our growing Facebook, Instagram and blog teams. As well as regional coordinators to run social and professional development events in their home states.

If volunteering on a regular basis is currently not an option for you consider writing a blog post for us. We invite (and strongly encourage!) you to submit guest posts publication here on the SNGG blog. Click here to learn more about the volunteering.

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ALIA SNGG is excited to announce the formation a new book club! If you are interested, we would love you to fill out a short (1-2 minute) survey so we can create the best possible book club experience for you. We hope you will join us! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/L8RTFST

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ALIA SNGG are guest editing ALIA’s INCITE magazine. The theme for this issue is ‘Create’. The call out is simple, what story do you have about how, or what, libraries create? Click here for more details. Submissions close on March 17, 2020.

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March’s #auslibchat was held the 3rd of March 2020 at 9pm AEDT. Details of this month’s chat will be posted here later in the month.

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ALIA SNGG WA will be hosting a brunch at 10am on the 21st of March at Zamia Cafe (Kings Park) 50 May Drive, West Perth. Come along to meet the WA team and discuss all things GLAMR over a coffee and some breakfast. Email aliawasngg@gmail.com for details.

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ALIA Students and New Graduates Group are seeking a Victorian Regional Coordinator, send your expressions of interest to vicaliasngg@gmail.com today.

Check out the ALIA Events Listing page for more ALIA events near you.

February Newsletter

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February 2020

Welcome to February’s newsletter! Holidays are over and everything has well and truly kicked off for the year.  

Remember to check back with this newsletter throughout the month for updates on what we’re up to on online and in your state. 

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Want to get engaged with ALIA SNGG?  ALIA Students and New Graduates Group are always on the look out for new social media coordinators to join our growing Facebook, Instagram and blog teams. As well as regional coordinators to run social and professional development events in their home states.

If volunteering on a regular basis is currently not an option for you consider writing a blog post for us. We invite (and strongly encourage!) you to submit guest posts publication here on the SNGG blog. Click here to learn more about the volunteering.

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ALIA is seeking ALIA Student Members who wish to volunteer at the upcoming ALIA National 2020 conference. Applications close 9 March 2020. Click here to get more information. If you’re interested in what the volunteer experience is like, you can read about the experience of one ALIA SNGG member’s experience at Information Online 2019 here.

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ALIA New Grads in Victoria, come and join ALIA Victoria for this awesome event! 7:30pm on Sunday 16 February at The Taphouse in St Kilda. RSVP aliavicgroup@gmail.com Join the fun!”

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Check out the ALIA Events Listing page for more ALIA events near you.

Job Seeking Resources

Are you looking for a job in the GLAMR sector but are unsure where to start? Never fear. ALIA SNGG & NGAC have compiled a list of domestic and international job sites for job seekers.

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Importance of building a network

Job hunting can be more than finding jobs to apply for. Building a professional network can help you get your foot in the door. If possible, attend events (SNGG and NewCardigan run plenty that allow you to network in a relaxed and casual environment) and begin to develop a professional community. That way, you might hear about jobs before they’re even advertised. 

Once you find a job you want to apply for, get some advice on your resume with our Resume Review Service, which is available for ALIA members. Just send your resume, ALIA Member Number, and some information about the job you are applying for to alia.sngg.rrs@gmail.com. We will send your resume to an industry professional to review and provide you with feedback. You can also visit our Job Help Site to get more tips on your resume, responding to selection criteria, and interviews.

Finding jobs can be challenging but by using some of the above resources hopefully you stay on top of all the options available to you and snap up that job!

Do you have any resources or websites you like to use? We want to know!