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PA Forward at Penn State Abington

Information about PA Forward Events and Literacy Topics at Penn State Abington

What is PA Forward?

"With the right support, libraries are ideally positioned to become the community centers of information, technology, and learning that will fuel educational and economic opportunity for all of our citizens."

PA Forward is a statewide initiative that focuses on 5 key literacies that are essential to knowledgeable citizens: 

  1. Information Literacy
  2. Financial Literacy
  3. Civic and Social Literacy
  4. Health Literacy
  5. Basic Literacy

Penn State Abington Library participates in PA Forward by promoting library resources and creating events that support each of these literacies in order to help our academic community build vital life skills that complement our degree programs.

Reference & Instruction Librarian

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Katie Odhner
Penn State Abington
Subjects: Campus: Abington

PA Forward Events at Penn State Abington

Fall 2022 programs

Basic Literacy:

Student Book Club

Every other Wednesday starting September 28th, 12:15 - 1:15, Library Lower Level

Come discuss Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and have conversations about international experiences, race, belonging, and identity.

Information Literacy:

Research Skills as seen in Stranger Things

Thursday, October 13th, 1:30 - 2:15, Library, Room 10

  • Join us to watch some clips from Stranger Things: Season 4 and learn about how The Party and their friends use effective research skills to solve the mysteries about Hawkins and the Upside Down.
  • Snacks provided!

Civic and Social Literacy: 

The Supreme Court and a Changing Landscape in Constitutional Rights

Monday, October 17th, 12:15 - 1:15, Library Lower Level

  • Join us for an interactive discussion on the United States Supreme Court decision-making process and the constitutional interpretation of recent landmark cases related to the First Amendment, abortion, and voting rights. The discussion will be led by Salar Ghahramani, Associate Professor of Business Law and International Law & Policy.
  • Free lunch provided!

Information Literacy: 

Algorithms & the Attention Economy Workshop

Register on Engage here.

Monday, November 14th, 12:15 - 1:15, Library Room 10

  • Learn about algorithms & how they shape our online experiences
  • Reflect on how our online behavior influences how we discover and evaluate information
  • Explore ways we can build algorithmic awareness & make informed choices around information consumption