We are library people, and our jobs are all about finding and sharing good information sources! Here is an infographic you can use, and share with your patrons, to help fight fake news. (Or, as we have called it for years now in library work: Information Literacy.) The more we can spread this information, the better skilled our communities will be!
From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA):
“With Wikipedia’s #1lib1ref (One Librarian, One Reference) campaign going on – the theme of last week being fake news – IFLA posted an How to Spot Fake News infographic on Facebook and Twitter. We also published a blog about the topic, exploring some of the ways libraries help battle alternative facts and fake news.
Discussions about fake news has led to a new focus on media literacy more broadly, and the role of libraries and other education institutions in providing this. When Oxford Dictionaries announce post-truth is Word of the Year 2016, we as librarians realize action is needed to educate and advocate for critical thinking – a crucial skill when navigating the information society.
The fake news infographic shows eight simple steps (based on FactCheck.org’s 2016 article How to Spot Fake News) to discover the verifiability of a given news-piece in front of you. Download, print, translate, and share – at home, at your library, in your local community, and in social media networks. The more we crowdsource our wisdom, the wiser the world becomes.”
(Go to the IFLA site to download this infographic!)