Issues with nonfiction designation
One issue I have when teaching teens how to use the library and library resources is the nonfiction section. In the past, there was the pat explanation that fiction is made up and nonfiction is fact, but that isn't the case. Even further, patrons I have spoken with (and even something I believed as a kid growing up) have strong belief that the library only has items that are "true" in nonfiction sections -- that libraries are in the business of protecting them from false hoods. During 2020, the big question that kept coming up for me -- through ALA, developing teen programming and dealing with patrons: Does the library classification of fiction vs. nonfiction legitimize fake news/conspiracy theories? In this context, I'm not really starting from a place where I can find common ground, since to the public, I am the institution I have this issue with. I don't have a great idea for fixing this (if others even see it as a problem), but finding language to talk about the flaws in the system would go a long way to helping people understand how to vet their own sources. It would be an excellent anecdote/case study.