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Media, information literacy and fake news: Using the skills of your school librarian

The school library and school librarian can play a key role in supporting pupils to develop their media and digital literacy skills, especially when it comes to misinformation and fake news. Elizabeth Hutchinson and Clare Brumpton look at ideas for how they can do this

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions school library guidelines (IFLA, 2015) outline five core instructional activities of the school librarian and in this series of articles we are looking at how your school's librarian might be able to support each of these key areas.

In our recent article (Hutchinson & Brumpton, 2022), we spoke about the core activities of the school library and specifically focused on literacy and reading promotion, the first of the five activities listed above.

This time, we would like to focus on media and information literacy (MIL) instruction, looking at what it means and how school librarians can play an important role within the curriculum as the MIL expert.

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