Teaching Critical Evaluation of News in a (Mis)Information Environment
Session Category : Panel
Oxford Dictionaries declared post-truth as the 2016 Word of the Year, and it has become almost impossible to avoid commentary about “fake news”. This change has provided an unprecedented opportunity for librarians to contribute expertise, teach critical thinking, collaborate with faculty, re-evaluate our own practices, and increase our emphasis on evaluating information — not just finding it. In this panel presentation, librarians from three academic libraries will share their strategies and approaches for increasing students’ ability to critically evaluate news. They will highlight success and challenges in these efforts, reflect on what have been most effective, and discuss them in the context of information literacy frames. The goal of this session is to share and generate ideas, strategies, and approaches for use with our students in order to prepare them for critical and effective source evaluation.