How librarians can help fight the fake news epidemic

At the ALA Annual Conference, Haley Mooney, a librarian from the University of Michigan, and Tom Billitteri, an Executive Editor at SAGE Publishing, discussed the issue of ‘fake news,’ information conveyed through the media that is deliberately false or biased.

During their discussion, they addressed the long history of fake news and its consequences, such as job loss for journalists and distrust of the media among students, instructors, librarians, and the broader public.

To avoid fake news, Mooney and Billitteri recommended tips that librarians can provide to patrons such as watching out for news that do not use credible and trustworthy sources, are biased, or take facts out of context. They also recommended using other search engines that aren’t just Google and Bing. Watch their full discussion below.

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