Sunday, September 3, 2017

Fake News: Librarians Mobilize

The worldwide fake news phenomenon has mobilized librarians to take action.  

One organization IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions), the global voice of the library and information profession, has mounted a How To Spot Fake News campaign. 

Their signature infographic (below) has been translated into several languages (see the list at

Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries began a social media campaign in February 2017 that included Twitter posts, graphics, and instructional videos. You can read the article, "To combat 'alternative facts,' VCU Libraries launches campaign to encourage students to #VetYourSources," that describes their effort. 

The article includes links to online resources you can read or view.

ACC libraries provide a guide, Fake News and Alternative Facts: Finding Accurate News, devoted to this issue.

Please join librarians in this campaign and learn how you can become a better consumer of information. Take some time to review the guides created to assist you in evaluating resources and discovering fake news, post-truth, and alternative facts 

1 comment:

  1. Excellent article! I'll be sharing it with my students.