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Libraries are about much more than books – and they always have been

By Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein and Rebecca Joy Norlander (NewKnowledge), and Deb Robertson (American Library Association) Libraries have always had a broad educational mission, yet many of us associate libraries with a single specific tool of education: books. For us to fully appreciate the value of libraries, our public discourse needs to move beyond that image and […]

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Critical Thinking about the News

Can you tell the difference between a fact and an opinion? What about between real news and fake news? Facts & Opinions A recent Pew Research Center report found that most Americans did only slightly better than chance at distinguishing between factual and opinion statements. As they define these terms, a factual statement is “capable […]

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Walkouts + Wonder Woman: Research on Representation in Media

What do this week’s student walkouts have to do with superhero films like Wonder Woman and Black Panther? By: Dr. Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein, Researcher Last year’s Wonder Woman broke at least a half-dozen records, as did February’s Black Panther. They’re not just great films. They’re also feeding a very real hunger on the part of audiences: […]

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