Librarian as Professor of Social Media Literacy

Laurie M. Bridges



Many high school teachers are prohibited from interacting with students in social media sites despite the fact that the majority of teenagers actively use them. The first opportunity most students have to interact with instructors in an online environment is in higher education. University and college librarians can take the lead in providing social media literacy instruction by developing courses and workshops using the Information Literacy Competency Standards developed by ACRL. This article discusses the development and instruction of a freshmen orientation course at Oregon State University titled Social Media: A Life Lived Online.


information literacy; social media literacy; instruction; social media; undergraduate students; first-year students

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ISSN: 1947-525X