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Fake News: A Library Resource Round-Up

February 23, 2017
Fake News: A Library Resource Round-Up
Scrabble tiles that spell out "fake"

Help your patrons tell the difference between fact and fiction with these resources about fake news.

Scrabble tiles that spell "Fake News"

As librarians everywhere will attest, fake news is not new; fabricated stories have been presented as truth for centuries. But take a divided electorate and add a social media landscape where misinformation is shared with a click, and interest in the topic has soared.

Learning to decipher fact from fiction is a key skill for all news consumers, and libraries across the country are stepping up to help patrons gain the information literacy skills they need. With that in mind, Programming Librarian has compiled the following round-up of resources* to help libraries deliver their best programming about fake news.

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  • Don’t Get Faked Out by the News,” American Association of School Librarians, Feb. 23, 2017; available for free viewing to all until March 2, 2017; available to AASL members and eCOLLAB subscribers thereafter
  • Fake News Workshop,” University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of information Sciences, Feb. 1, 2017; select "Slides/Audio"

LibGuides and resources

  • "Fake News," Indiana University East Campus Library


Further reading

*Thanks to Nicole A. Cooke of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign iSchool for providing several of these resources. Check out Dr. Cooke's Programming Librarian webinar, "Post-Truth: Fake News and a New Era of Information Literacy." 

Date / Time
Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 13:45
Library Type
Academic / College
School (K-12)
Programming Librarian Forum