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 a complicated information ecosystem.
- Identify factors, both historic and current, that contribute to fake news and misinformation
- Discover and examine the connections between information and news literacy skills and competencies
- Apply news literacy skills and competencies to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy
- Develop interactive lessons that enhance students’ information and news literacy skills and empower students’ to navigate and evaluate misinformation
- Construct strategies for outreach and collaboration on news literacy initiatives and projects