From 24 – 31st October 2021, UNESCO celebrate the 10th Global Media and Information Literacy week. It’s a major occasion for stakeholders to review and celebrate progress achieved towards Media and Information Literacy for All.
In the UK, CILIP and the Information Literacy Group have been asking ourselves how might information literacy be better recognised as a vital contribution to society. This is a question which we hope to address through a new initiative, the Media and Information Literacy Alliance (MILA), which was set up over the summer. Find out about MILA here.
Join Nick Poole, CEO of CILIP, Dr Jane Secker, Chair of the Information Literacy Group and Anne-Lise Harding, Deputy Chair of the Information Literacy Group in a free lunchtime webinar on Thursday 28th October from 12-1pm (BST) to find out more about MILA and contribute to the discussions. Book onto the event here.
MILA, which is co-sponsored by CILIP and the CILIP Information Literacy Group (ILG), seeks to promote media and information in the UK as a fundamental building block for a healthy, inclusive, democratic society. It will achieve this by providing an open platform for collaboration and knowledge exchange, and by serving as a vehicle for advocacy, capacity-building, research and programme delivery.
This initiative is particularly timely given the launch of the UK Government’s Online Media Literacy Strategy, in July 2021 which includes key sections specifically on information literacy. For the first time, the UK has a national framework for media and information literacy. One of the Strategy’s key proposals is a call for better coordination between different stakeholders, across all relevant sectors, to help develop media and information literacy interventions. MILA fits neatly with this intention.
We look forward to your attendance at the webinar and support as we develop the MILA initiative.