Librarians and Disinformation
I use a number of tools and methods, including SIFT (Stop, Investigate, Find and Trace), sites like Snopes, Politifacts and Factchecker. I teach a 5-credit Critical Information Studies course at the community college where I teach and learning about how to find credible sources and how to evaluate sources is part of the curriculum. We discuss the role of social media, biased search algorithms, and clickbait sites in the perpetuation of misinformation. We learn ways to become better information consumers. In addition, our library features a number of guides to finding credible sources and media literacy. The librarians here also have participated in trainings for our other faculty on how to find credible sources. The librarians' role is huge in helping the community find common ground in shared facts. Most people still trust libraries in a way that they don't trust the media. Librarians have worked hard to maintain their reputation as curators of information resources, so they should play a key role.