New from ACRL - “Teaching about Fake News: Lesson Plans for Different Disciplines and Audiences”

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/03/2021


Erin Nevius

Content Strategist


CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Teaching about Fake News: Lesson Plans for Different Disciplines and Audiences,” edited by Candice Benjes-Small, Carol Wittig, and Mary K. Oberlies. This book adds to the ongoing conversation around this disputable phrase by helping librarians think about the topic through the lens of different disciplines and audiences, and focus on an aspect of fake news that will be compelling to a particular audience or in a specific setting.

Fake news is a problematic phrase. Does it simply mean stories that are truly fake? Does it include a story whose facts are basically true but twisted by manipulative language and fallacious reasoning? Where do memes and fabricated images fall in this definition? Is it new, or just propaganda? And yet, “fake news” is the phrase that has captured people’s attention. While librarians have justified concerns that “fake news” does not fully (or even accurately) capture the nuances of our problematic information ecosystem, it’s a phrase that resonates with and is used by others.

"Teaching about Fake News" contains 23 chapters with full lesson plans arranged into seven themes: algorithms/altmetrics, visual literacy, media literacy, memes, business, science communication, the financial/political impact of fake news, and partnerships. Each chapter has an accompanying PowerPoint freely available in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox and findable with the tag “#fakenews”.

Fake news is a huge subject with numerous angles and perspectives. By taking a more nuanced approach, focusing on distinct aspects of fake news and tailored for specific audiences, librarians can move students toward a more critical approach to news literacy.

“Teaching about Fake News: Lesson Plans for Different Disciplines and Audiences” is available for purchase in print and as an ebook through the ALA Online Store; in print through; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers. 


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