New Workshop—Fake News, Real Concerns: Developing Information Literate Students

For Immediate Release
Fri, 05/26/2017


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO—ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions announces an exciting new workshop, Fake News, Real Concerns: Developing Information Literate Students with Donald Barclay. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific.

Fake News, Real Concerns: Developing Information-Literate Students Workshop
A 90-minute workshop, Thursday, July 27, 2017, 2:30pm Eastern/1:30 Central/12:30 Mountain/11:30am Pacific

In recent months, the phenomenon of fake news has exploded, leaving librarians and educators asking themselves how they can increase information literacy in a world that has been labeled “post truth” and where the phrase “alternative facts” has become common currency. But is fake news new?

In this workshop, information literacy expert Donald Barclay uses a historical context to argue that while some of what we are seeing is new and unique to the Digital Age, much of it has been around for centuries. This workshop focuses on the challenges of developing information-literate students in an era marked by massive amounts of information, fake news, propaganda, and mistrust of authority. The workshop explores the factors contributing to today’s seeming distrust of authority in general and science in particular as well as discusses the problems with scholarly communication that contribute to that distrust. Barclay provides you with practical tools and techniques that you can use in the classroom to foster learning and develop students who are proactive, vet information for accuracy, and use technology as a resource to increase their information literacy skills. You’ll walk away with strategies and tactics to reach students in spite of all the noise and uncertainty of the current information landscape.

Workshop Outline:

  • Introduction: The Surgeon General's Report on Smoking and Health: How Might It Fare in the Current Information Landscape?
  • What’s New, What’s Changed? The History of Propaganda, Information Literacy, and Life in a Post-Authority World
  • Only Human: Why Teaching How Information (Including Scholarly Information) Is Created Matters
  • Using the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
  • Down the Rabbit Hole: Things that Cause Us to Drop Our Guard
  • Pro Tips: Teaching Students How to Vet Information
  • Can We Use Technology to Increase Information Literacy?
  • Bigger Than Libraries: Convincing Our Teaching Colleagues That Information Literacy Must Be Incorporated across the Curriculum

Learning Outcomes:

After participating in this workshop, you will have

  • Useful tools and techniques that you can use to develop information-literate students
  • Solid background knowledge of the history of propaganda and misinformation and how to use that information to frame your instruction
  • Practical strategies to reach students and show how technology can be used to enhance information literacy skills

About the Instructor

Donald A. Barclay, Deputy University Librarian at the University of California, Merced, has been with UC Merced since 2002. His previous position was Assistant Director for Informatics at the Houston-Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library in Houston, Texas. Since he first became a professional librarian in 1990, he has been concerned with helping students become more information-literate and, especially, helping students become better prepared to evaluate information in an increasingly complex, crowded, and confusing information environment. Barclay is the author of several books and many articles on librarianship, and has spoken on the topic of information literacy at library conferences and in broadcast interviews.

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