Fighting Fake News with the ACRL Framework

Thursday, 7/20/2017
  • 2:00 PM-3:30 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:30 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:30 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:30 PM (Pacific)

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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

Who Should Attend

Instruction librarians

Presenter

Sarah Morris is a librarian and educator with a decade of experience working in libraries, museums, K-12 schools, and higher education environments. Sarah currently works as a Learning and Assessment Librarian at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the co-founder and co-director of Nucleus Learning Network, an educational nonprofit dedicated to providing training and consulting opportunities for Austin area educators hoping to grow their skills in STEM and digital literacy education. Through her nonprofit, she is currently collaborating with Mozilla to develop news literacy curriculum for middle and high school students. Sarah has a Master’s degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her interests include high school to college transitions, first-year experience, exploring interdisciplinary approaches to information literacy instruction, teaching with new technologies, and developing training and mentoring opportunities for new teachers.
 

Registration

Cost

ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

How to Register

  • Locate the webcast by the date of the event under the monthly headings.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the webcast title.
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Archive
Webcasts will be recorded and made available to registrants as an archive, so if you sign up but cannot attend the live event, you will receive the archived webcast recording.

Tech Requirements

ACRL Webcasts are held in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may ask questions through text-based chat.  Adobe works on both PC and Apple platforms.

Contact

If you have a question about an e-Learning opportunity or need to make arrangements for accessibility/special assistance, please contact Margot Conahan (mconahan@ala.org).