The Age-Friendly Media and Information Literate (#AFMIL) City: Combining policies and strategies for ageing populations in media and information rich societies

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Sheila Webber Bill Johnston


This paper proposes a model for developing an Age-Friendly Media and Information Literate (#AFMIL) city. It starts by addressing general issues concerning ageing and ageism. Key features of UNESCO’s framework for a media and information literate city are described. The authors proceed to identify relevant international handbooks, guidelines and initiatives concerning age-friendly environments, cities for human rights, smart cities, creative cities and informational cities. Drawing on these documents, the authors outline a model for developing an #AFMIL city, centred on older people enacting three roles: their role as consumers of media and information; older people as represented in the media; and older people in their role as creators, critics and innovators. They highlight the role of librarians in this development.

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WEBBER, Sheila; JOHNSTON, Bill. The Age-Friendly Media and Information Literate (#AFMIL) City:. Journal of Information Literacy, [S.l.], v. 13, n. 2, p. 276-291, dec. 2019. ISSN 1750-5968. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 01 oct. 2022. doi:
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