January 28th, 2021

Academic Instruction Services

Questions: "..how do you identify and vet credible information sources?
How do you share those credible sources with students and public library users?
What is a librarian’s role in helping the greater community find common ground in shared facts?"

1) Utilize library's search filters, look at associations of article authors to universities and businesses, utilize web sites to debunk news headlines.

2) Teach university students to utilize filters in article searches, selecting "peer reviewed" and "scholarly" for filtering information.

Also teach use of debunking sites and seeking multiple sources for information regarding news stories and headlines. Center for Media Literacy (?) information can be great tool to show bias levels of popular news sites.

Teach social media skills, including how algorithms are applied to accounts and "likes."

Promote awareness of credibility through posters within library.

Become involved in freshman seminar course, including creating libguide and in-class presentations on information literacy.

3) Librarians at the university level need to encourage students to take this information and share it with people outside of the setting.

Catherine B.

Tags: Accuracy, Fake news, Media, News, Social media, Sources, Verification

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Hi Catherine:

How do your students react to this information? Are they surprised to learn any of it? How does it change the way they seek information?

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