Discussions and debate surrounding fake news have increasingly dominated the news cycle itself. And everyone from educators to journalists to policy makers have grappled with ways to understand and to solve fake news issues. However, for librarians much of this discourse probably sounds familiar. While the attention paid to fake news is a more recent phenomenon, the work librarians have done to address fake news, and misinformation more broadly conceived, is not new. Librarians have focused on helping people develop information literacy skills, to in part deal with misinformation, for quite a long time. Librarians, and academic librarians more specifically, can play a vital role in empowering and equipping students to participate in an increasingly complicated information ecosystem.
In this webcast, participants will explore strategies and techniques for teaching people the literacy skills they need to combat fake news. First, participants will examine factors, both historic and new, that contribute to the proliferation of fake news. Participants will also explore connections between information and news literacy skills. Participants will then discover ways to apply more traditional research and information literacy skills, such as source evaluation skills, to addressing fake news, and will gain ideas for new, interactive ways to help students handle fake news and misinformation. This webcast will incorporate time for interactive discussion, online polls, reflection, brainstorming, and sharing ideas. Likewise, participants will leave with concrete strategies, materials, and talking points that they can use in their teaching and outreach efforts.