For immediate release | October 24, 2017

Tackling Fake News: An American Libraries Live Webcast

CHICAGO—Everyone is talking about Fake News. People are more aware than ever that when you see a “news” story, you need to dig a lot deeper than the headline or the text of the article to know whether what you are seeing is fact rather than speculation, opinion, or outright fiction. In our role as gatekeepers of information, librarians have always been responsible for establishing the authority of information. But with social media ensuring that news articles—whether real or not—spread like wildfire, how can help our users filter the real from the fake? How can we maintain our professional obligation to ensure equal access to information in a politically charged time where it seems like not all information is created equal?

In our next episode of American Libraries Live, you’ll have a chance to discuss these questions with our expert panel. We’ll discuss this and how we can move forward as a profession.

Tune in to this free 60-minute webcast at 1 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, Nov. 1 to learn more. You can register here.

Our panel includes:

  • Nicole A. Cooke, Assistant Professor and MS/LIS Program Director, The iSchool at Illinois
  • Donald Barclay, Deputy University Librarian, University of California, Merced
  • Joanna M. Burkhardt, Full Professor/Librarian and Collection Development Manager, University of Rhode Island Libraries

American Libraries Live is an immediate and effective way to get to the heart of the real issues in our industry. Each program lasts 60 minutes. With the help of real-time technology, it’s like having your own expert on hand. We look forward to you joining us. To receive e-mail reminders, register here. If you’re unable to attend live, this event will be recorded and available at shortly after it concludes.

For information about advertising or sponsoring an AL Live event, contact: Carrie Smith, American Libraries magazine,, (312) 280-4216. For general information or press inquiries about AL Live, contact: Colton Ursiny, Administrative Assistant,, (312) 280-5100.

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