Wednesday August 28 at 2:00 pm US Eastern, 11:00 am US Pacific

Civic literacy is one of IMLS's 21st Century Skills and is correlated with civic engagement. As a branch of information literacy, civic literacy could help increase critical thinking skills and combat mis/disinformation. But what, exactly, is civic literacy and how can public libraries develop engaging programming around this topic?

In this webinar, Laura Saunders will define civic literacy and explore some of the research on the topic before diving into specific ideas and examples for public library programming.

If you're interested but not able to attend the live webinar, go ahead and register. We'll send a recording to all registrants after the fact.


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About Laura 

Laura Saunders is a Professor and Associate Dean at Simmons University School of Library and Information Science. Her teaching and research focus on the areas of information literacy including mis- and disinformation, reference services, and academic libraries. She also teaches a course on intellectual freedom and censorship. Her most recent books include the upcoming Reference and Information Services: An Introduction, 7th edition, co-edited with Melissa Wong and the open access textbook Instruction in Libraries and Information Settings: An Introduction, co-authored with Melissa Wong. Her articles have appeared in a variety of journals including College & Research Libraries, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, and Communications in Information Literacy. Laura has a PhD and a Master of Library and Information Science, both from Simmons College, and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Boston University. She is the 2019 recipient of Simmons University’s Provost Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching.

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