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Archived Webinar - Just the Facts: Countering Fake News in Libraries
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Archived Webinar - Just the Facts: Countering Fake News in Libraries

FREE for Supporting Members ($15/$20) - Hear from an expert reference librarian on how you can educate patrons without putting on the defensive, assess information for accuracy and bias, while also learning how to assess and counteract your own biases.

 Export to Your Calendar 3/8/2021
Where: Online
United States
Contact: 513-751-4422

Online registration is available until: 3/8/2021
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(originally aired February 2018)

 This Webinar is archived and will be made available to you on demand

Just the Facts: Countering Fake News in Libraries 


Sometimes, it feels as though librarians are at war with misinformation. The harder we battle, the more resistance we encounter. How can librarians educate patrons without putting them on the defensive and triggering the Backfire Effect? The key is meeting our communities on their own levels. We must create opportunities to teach our patrons how to assess information for accuracy and bias. Most importantly, we need to take a step back and look at our own beliefs and how they influence our interactions. Librarians are not immune to fake news, but we have the cure--information literacy. Librarians who attend this webinar will learn tips and tools for addressing news literacy in various scenarios, as well as how to assess (and counteract) their own biases.

Competencies Covered:

  • Personal/Interpersonal Competencies
  • Adult and Older Adult Services

About the speaker:

Sonnet Ireland is currently a reference librarian for the St. Tammany Parish Library, where she has created classes for the public on information literacy, as well as news literacy, financial literacy, and computer literacy.  She has presented at numerous state, regional, national, and international conferences, including the Federal Depository Library Conference and the IFLA World Library and Information Congress. As a founding member of the NOLA Information Literacy Collective, Sonnet has been on the Executive Board since 2012 and has served as Chair of the Board twice (2014, 2017).  She is also the current Second Vice President of the Louisiana Library Association.  She is also active in the American Library Association and the Southeastern Library Association.  Her research interests include government information, social media, Google, and news/media literacy.


FREE for employees of Supporting Member Institutions 
$15 for members in our Ohio service area*
$20 for everyone else

*If you are outside of our service area, you may be eligible for a free or reduced rate via your 
Regional Library System. Please register via NEO, NORWELD, or SERLS for this discount.

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