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RIPL: Reference & Instruction Community of Interest

April 29 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


Our theme this month will be misinformation/disinformation, and as a part of that we will be joined at the beginning of the meeting by Matt Lee from Minitex to talk about the statewide Media Landscapes campaign.  Following our discussion with Matt, we hope to discuss a common read this month as a way to engage with this topic:  “Why Librarians Can’t Fight Fake News” by M. Connor Sullivan: https://dash.harvard.edu/handle/1/42517488

It would be great if folks could give that article a read and consider the following questions ahead of the meeting:

  • What role, if any, do you think libraries ought to play in engaging the wider public on the issue of misinformation/disinformation?
    • What are the challenges librarians face in trying to be part of the solution?
    • Do you agree with Sullivan’s conclusion in our common read that librarians’ current strategies to teach information literacy are dated, inadequate, and ineffective?
    • Does your library or anyone on its staff engage the wider public on issues of misinformation?
  • What does instruction related to misinformation/disinformation look like at your library? (part of your one-shots? a seminar? a special class?  online guides/tutorials?)
  • Do you use the CRAAP test or a similar checklist-style model for teaching source evaluation?  If not, why not, and what do you use instead?
  • Do you have any advanced instructional content you use for source evaluation that goes beyond the typical checklists?
  • Have you used any texts, videos, or other resources from outside your library to help students engage with misinformation and fake news that you think others might benefit from?

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Topic: PALS Research & Instruction Discussion Group

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April 29
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm




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