New media literacy guide helps students and educators navigate the landscape of fake news and disinformation

Facet Publishing announce the publication of Media Smart: Lessons, Tips and Strategies for Librarians, Classroom Instructors and other Information Professionals

Information has become one of the most crucial commodities in today’s world. From multinational corporations to single individuals, we all make critical decisions based on the information available to us. In this digital age, where facts can be easily manipulated to align with political, social or monetary aims, media literacy has become an essential skill.

Media Smart is an invaluable toolkit for navigating the fraught information landscape. From the history of media manipulation to practical applications of media literacy, author Joanna Burkhardt offers a thorough grounding in defense strategies against mis-and dis-information. The book discusses how technology affects the information we receive, offers a brief look at the psychology behind how we process information, describes the various means by which media can be manipulated and provides tips about how to recognize and avoid false or misleading information.

Professor Anghelescu, Professor of Information Sciences at Wayne State University, said ‘Chapters on the production, use and misuse of media, coupled with hands-on exercises, turn today’s consumers of media into active, thoughtful, critical and, ultimately, media-smart citizens… Any member of the general public could benefit from aspects of information generation and dissemination dissected in these pages.’

Featuring numerous classroom exercises and case studies specific to each aspect of media manipulation, this book is essential reading for students and educators in communications, media and information literacy as well as librarians and anyone interested in developing their media literacy skills.

About the Author:

Joanna M. Burkhardt is a Professor and Collection Management Officer at the University of Rhode Island Library. She is the co-author of four books on information literacy, having taught the subject to both students and teachers since 1999. She has given workshops, presentations, podcasts, and keynote addresses on the international stage, and addressed the topic of fake news at the ALA Annual Conference in 2017.

Notes to Editors

Facet Publishing, the commercial publishing and bookselling arm of CILIP: the library and information association, is the leading publisher of books for library, information and heritage professionals worldwide.


Press and review copies contact:

Abigail Jaggers, Facet Publishing 

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