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2017 October is Information Literacy Month Celebration

EVALUATE: Separating Fact from Fiction in the Media Morass
Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 4 – 6 pm
Cranston Public Library (Central)

On October 25th 2017, the Rhode Island Library Association’s Information Literacy Action Round Table (ILART) celebrated the fifth annual "October is Information Literacy Month" in Rhode Island. This year, our theme was evaluation. We invited Joanna Burkhardt from the University of Rhode Island to reprise her standing-room only talk from this summer's ALA Annual Conference on fake news for a local audience. Four lightning round presenters offered hands-on applications related to the topic, including lessons, workshops and resources that you can use to address the topic of evaluation in your library.

Featured Speaker:  Joanna M. Burkhardt, University of Rhode Island

Fake News!  It’s Worse Than You Think!
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Fake news in the digital age has a reach that is far broader and exponentially faster than ever before.  The Internet has no mechanism to measure the accuracy, reliability, authority, or truth in the oceans of information it provides.  Add to this--social media filter bubbles, the rise of bots that automatically collect and disseminate information, the monetization of information, and political motivation to win at any cost—to create a culture of misinformation, confusion and discontent. 
What do students need to know to protect themselves from fake news and to select authoritative, accurate and reliable information? Librarians, get out your superhero capes!  It may be up to us to save the world!

Lightning Presentations:

Checklist: Teaching News Literacy to High School Students

Laura Hooper   
Assistant Director of Library Services, St. George's School   

In the months after the 2016 presidential election, the faculty at St. George’s School was asking: “How do we help our high school students navigate today’s confusing world of news?” Pulling from the vast array of resources that librarians were sharing online, I developed a 50 minute workshop on news literacy for several high school history classes. The workshop first focused on getting students to think about the history of news, understand terminology related to it (clickbait, satire, etc…), and explore how print and online avenues for sharing the news impacts consumption. Then it had them put their detective skills to work using a news literacy checklist to investigate current news articles and present their findings to the class. This lightning talk will review the components of this workshop and the feedback I received on it.

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All the (Fake) News That's Fit to Print
Sarah Hunicke   
Library Media Specialist, Portsmouth High School


Description of in-service that I provided to our faculty last year, focusing on techniques, resources and lesson ideas.

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Fake News, Propaganda, and Hoaxes, Oh My! : Evaluating Information in 2017
Alyssa Taft
School Library Media Specialist, Portsmouth Middle School

This lightening talk will go over how I taught Fake News and Information Literacy skills to a secondary civics class and will be a five minute version of the presentation I gave at RI Teacherfest this summer. I will briefly introduce resources, teaching strategies, going beyond the CRAAP test, and the role of information literacy in a democratic society.   

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News Literacy Resources

Jen Thomas
Media & EdTech Specialist, West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School

We all know evaluating news is important but we don't always know which resources are best to help us. This talk will introduce attendees to a variety of tips, ideas, information, lesson plans, and more to support our own understanding and to best prepare our students to be media literate.

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