CFP | News Literacy Across the Undergraduate Curriculum

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Type: 
Call for Publications
Date: 
March 15, 2022
Location: 
United States
Subject Fields: 
Digital Humanities, Public Health, Social Sciences, Journalism and Media Studies, Library and Information Science

This edited book for ABC-CLIO will highlight aspects of news literacy instruction in undergraduate libraries and across the undergraduate curriculum.

Overview: We are living in a time when the evolving media ecosystem requires individuals to pay critical attention to content, developing ways to make sense of information, data, news reports, and research. The undergraduate college student learner (traditional undergraduate or otherwise) not only is expected to engage with material in their discipline but also must possess skills to critically identify, assess and challenge ideas outside of their discipline and about their discipline. While this has always been the case, the emergence of digital platforms and the subsequent quick and easy spread of mis/disinformation has transformed the way these skills are taught.

Librarians know this. Experts in information literacy themselves, much of the work advanced by reference librarians involves engaging with students and instructing them on ways to critically evaluate information. Faced with these new challenges, librarians have addressed aspects of problematic information in the digital age directly, creating digital resources and offering workshops. And faculty know this. Such concerns about the current ‘infodemic,’ disinformation present on social media during election campaigns, and the elevation of dangerous information during the COVID19 pandemic have prompted professors - across a variety of disciplines to create curriculum materials that aim to help empower students to be smarter, more critical, and more engaged news consumers.

Because reference librarians, instructional librarians, and undergraduate faculty can learn from one another around best practices for increasing news and information literacy skills, this book will feature thoughtful perspectives, strategies, and research reports from both groups.

We are looking for contributions from both undergraduate librarians and professors who are engaging in this work. Contributions might reside in such topical areas as:

  • Explorations of classroom practice: We are looking for essays that specifically address an element of news literacy instruction in a course, its implementation, its outcomes, its influence on further practice. We are particularly interested in the implementation of components of news literacy instruction that are taking place in disciplines outside of communication. These essays might fall into one of these descriptive categories:

    • Consideration of news literacy instruction in various undergraduate disciplines (e.g. nursing,
      business, biology, etc.). Reflections on practice.

    • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research reports that address the implementation of news
      literacy instruction in various undergraduate disciplines

  • Perspectives on increasing news literacy across the undergraduate curriculum: We are looking for essays that identify strategies for developing partnerships between undergraduate professors and college librarians. We are also interested in accounts of how undergraduate librarians engage with this topic with students and with undergraduate faculty. Contributions might address such topics as:

    • Reflections on developing and sharing curriculum in undergraduate classrooms and in undergraduate libraries.

    • Best practices for curriculum sharing in the classroom and library programming and resources

    • Ways libraries are addressing news literacy in innovative collaborative ways

Submission Instructions: Final submissions should be 5000-7000 words. Please send 300-500 word abstracts for consideration to Amy Damico (adamico@endicott.edu) and Melissa Yang (myang@endicott.edu) by March 15th, 2022. Abstracts should clearly explain the focus, theme, and content of the proposed essay. Final contributions will be due about 6 months after acceptance of the proposal.