$250 – $349

Fighting Fake News

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Fighting Fake News
June 6-20, 2017

Online course over 3 weeks

Live sessions Tuesdays at 1 pm ET on June 6, 13 & 20

Libraries are one of the few institutions that most Americans still trust. In polarized times, they can serve as nonpartisan, non-judgmental sources of accurate information—and, just as important, help users learn to evaluate the information they encounter every day. Claims of “fake news” have vaulted once-dry information literacy into the spotlight. To seize the teachable moment, this online course will offer up-to-date tools and effective tactics to enable patrons to critically assess sources, facts, and context.

Over the course of three weeks, participants will listen in on live keynote sessions and receive personal attention and resources from a dedicated advisor in an online coaching environment. Participate in online discussion groups, where you can share and gather resources and best practices and with peers from across the country.

Participants will learn:

  • How to understand and communicate the importance of media literacy
  • What tools are available to be able to vet news for patrons and students
  • How to communicate clearly to patrons and students what fake news is, why it is in their best interest to be media literate, and how they can investigate on their own (particularly gnarly for public librarians, whose target audience may not always be receptive or who may not have come seeking enlightenment)
  • How to help facilitate patrons and students to confront their own biases
  • How to understand and communicate the particular role social media plays in the propagation of fake news
  • How to give students and patrons a sense that they have some control over their information flow, that they are not helpless

Online course features

  • Instructor-led online courses feature personalized interaction over four weeks
  • Real-time guest speakers and conversation via live webcast (with recordings available afterward)
  • Weekly assignments to help you make progress on your goals
  • Individualized attention from course facilitators who work with you in a coaching environment to help sort out challenges
  • Ongoing group conversation via discussion forums
  • Articles, videos and other resources

Who should take the course?

This course is relevant for public, academic, and school librarians, particularly public librarians who have a forward-facing/reference role.

Group discounts are available!

Register in groups for a unique team-building experience and get everyone working together. Contact us to learn more.

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