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!)
This is a resource library people might want to share with their population! For patrons who are in crisis, but not sure who to call or where to turn, here are some good resources on this source of help.
“I want to share with you the Crisis Text Line, the nation’s first free, 24/7 text line for people in crisis. People, nationwide, can text 741741 to be connected with a trained Crisis Counselor. Nancy Lublin’s (Founder + CEO) TED talk does a great job of explaining how it works here:
Continue reading Patron Resource: Crisis Text Line
Don’t mess with the Book Pirates! The name sounds tough, but this organization has a great goal in mind, and works to promote literacy with kids.
This article from the LITA Blog introduces the “Book Pirates,” or as they are called in their native Germany, “Buecherpiraten.” The goal of the Pirates is to “use the combined powers of digital publishing and self publishing to empower children and young people ages 3 to 19 to tell their own story, in their own mother tongue.”
Kids (of all ages!) can make their own picture book with artwork and stories which gets published on the Book Pirates website. Then, the book is available for free download in first and second language of choice, and can be created into several different formats (tablet, regular book, etc).
It makes sense that this program has been very successful with refugee children. It provides a place to tell their story, which can then be read in their native language, as well as in their new language.
You can make your own picture book, become a translator, or just get more information by visiting their website.
In 2015, the Alzheimer’s and Related Interest Group (IGARD) of ASCLA/ALA conducted its first National Survey of Current Practices (Excel spreadsheet).
Since that time, many more libraries across the country have begun offering programs and services directly to persons living with dementia in their communities. IGARD would like to update its previous survey in order to get an up-to-date picture of what libraries are doing in this important area of service.
If you are one of these innovative libraries, please self-identify by completing this brief survey – https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017-library-dementia-survey.
If you responded to the earlier survey, we would appreciate an updated response. Results of this updated survey will be accumulated and posted on the IGARD Web page before ALA’s Annual Conference in June.
If your library has not yet begun offering services to this growing segment of your community or is at the beginning stages, please note that IGARD is also hosting a Preconference before the Annual Conference entitled “Becoming a Dementia Friendly Library: Serving People Living with Dementia in Your Community”. We are bringing in experts from the field of dementia care to provide background information and will be presenting several case studies of successful programs for this too often forgotten population. The preconference has been listed in the Conference Scheduler.
Thank you in advance for your assistance with the survey and for your good work improving the quality of life for those living with dementia! Feel free to forward this message to any other colleagues who might be interested in responding to the survey.
At CMLE Headquarters, we want to be sure everyone has access to all kinds of library information that might help you in your work! Many of you may not (yet?) work with metadata – but those who do will find this guide helpful. And if you want to learn more about metadata, from the National Information Standards Organization, they are providing this online guide free!
Take a few minutes to flip through this; maybe you will get some new ideas about your own information organization! Continue reading “Understanding Metadata” from NISO