Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Friday, July 24 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Narratives about Latinx Immigrants: A Critical Information Literacy Session

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This lesson plan is based on a collaborative teaching experience between Research Librarian Pamela Mann and Prof. of Spanish Joanna Bartow and is designed to intentionally incorporate critical information literacy (CIL) into an advanced-level, community-based learning (CBL) course, Spanish in the Community. Although the focus is Latinx communities it may be adapted to focus on other issues or marginalized groups and other course contexts.

The CIL session, Narratives about Latinx Immigrants uses active learning strategies to explore how information about immigrants and immigration is created and disseminated by focusing on media framing and how cognitive and confirmation biases lead to different narratives about Latinx immigrants. During the session participants will explore how authority is created in specific communities by evaluating immigration research, policy and advocacy organizations’ websites and analyzing rhetorical appeals made by these organizations. We will also look at how these groups use information systems and tools to target specific audiences by comparing how information created by these organizations is used by news organizations, researchers, advocates and others.

The CIL session is grounded in the ways society and institutions construct narratives and frames within social, political and economic systems. The objective is to challenge the epistemologies of the privileged by asking students to rethink the politics of knowledge production and to reimagine the sites where information is produced.


Friday July 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:45am AST
HUB 337 (Seats 24)