Algorithmic Literacy & Libraries
Bridget Hayes, 2020 Showcase
: Algorithms are everywhere and their use will inevitably grow. Though algorithms simplify our daily tasks, they are also biased, potentially harmful, and encroach on personal privacy. Technology users may or may not be aware of the algorithmic inner workings that open and close these doors while searching the Internet or using social media. They may be challenged to understand how algorithms work or how to counter them. An awareness of algorithms and how they affect online decision making and user experience could change how users approach and think about their Internet activity. Current trends to redefine information literacy promote the idea of creating an algorithmic component or culture which includes conversation and education around the topics of algorithms, data, artificial intelligence, and how we think about and source our online information. This project is a precursor to a future algorithmic literacy curriculum and workshop for libraries. View the presentation
Bridget Hayes: I am a Digital Literacy Specialist at Sonoma County Library and I love what I do! As a longtime educator and technology aficionada, I am very interested in sociotechnology – where people and technology intersect. Both at work and at school, my areas of special interest include: algorithmic literacy, technophobia, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and teaching basic computer and life skills. When I am not working or studying, I love to backpack, hike, travel, garden, run, read, and spend time with my cats.