Fighting Fake News with the ACRL Framework

Thursday, 11/30/2017

  • 2:00 PM-4:30 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-3:30 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-2:30 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-1:30 PM (Pacific)

Discussions and debate surrounding fake news have increasingly dominated the news cycle itself. And everyone from educators to journalists to policy makers have grappled with ways to understand and to solve fake news issues. However, for librarians much of this discourse probably sounds familiar. While the attention paid to fake news is a more recent phenomenon, the work librarians have done to address fake news, and misinformation more broadly conceived, is not new. Librarians have focused on helping people develop information literacy skills, to in part deal with misinformation, for quite a long time. Librarians, and academic librarians more specifically, can play a vital role in empowering and equipping students to participate in an increasingly complicated information ecosystem.

In this webcast, participants will explore strategies and techniques for teaching people the literacy skills they need to combat fake news. First, participants will examine factors, both historic and new, that contribute to the proliferation of fake news. Participants will also explore connections between information and news literacy skills. Participants will then discover ways to apply more traditional research and information literacy skills, such as source evaluation skills, to addressing fake news, and will gain ideas for new, interactive ways to help students handle fake news and misinformation. This webcast will incorporate time for interactive discussion, online polls, reflection, brainstorming, and sharing ideas. Likewise, participants will leave with concrete strategies, materials, and talking points that they can use in their teaching and outreach efforts.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify factors, both historic and current, that contribute to fake news and misinformation
  • Discover and examine the connections between information and news literacy skills and competencies
  • Apply news literacy skills and competencies to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy
  • Develop interactive lessons that enhance students’ information and news literacy skills and empower students’ to navigate and evaluate misinformation
  • Construct strategies for outreach and collaboration on news literacy initiatives and projects

Who Should Attend

Instruction librarians, information literacy, individuals interested in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy


Sarah Morris is a librarian and educator with a decade of experience working in libraries, museums, K-12 schools, and higher education environments. Sarah currently works as a Learning and Assessment Librarian at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the co-founder and co-director of Nucleus Learning Network, an educational nonprofit dedicated to providing training and consulting opportunities for Austin area educators hoping to grow their skills in STEM and digital literacy education. Through her nonprofit, she is currently collaborating with Mozilla to develop news literacy curriculum for middle and high school students. Sarah has a Master’s degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her interests include high school to college transitions, first-year experience, exploring interdisciplinary approaches to information literacy instruction, teaching with new technologies, and developing training and mentoring opportunities for new teachers.



ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

How to Register

  • Locate the webcast by the date of the event under the monthly headings.
  • Select the “Register” link next to the webcast title.
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Webcasts will be recorded and made available to registrants as an archive, so if you sign up but cannot attend the live event, you will receive the archived webcast recording.

Tech Requirements

ACRL Webcasts are held in an Adobe Connect virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may ask questions through text-based chat.  Adobe works on both PC and Apple platforms.


If you have a question about an e-Learning opportunity or need to make arrangements for accessibility/special assistance, please contact Margot Conahan (

ACRL- Greater NYC Meetup Nov. 8th

ACRL National
Library Marketing & Outreach (LMaO) Interest Group
Greater NYC Meetup

Library Marketing Networking Session

What Activities Are You Doing on Your Campuses?
What was successful?
What was a disappointment?
Let’s meet and talk!!

Fall 2017 meeting

Berkeley College, Manhattan Campus, room 504
Wed Nov 8, 2017- 3pm-5pm

When: Wednesday November 8, 2017, 3:00pm-5:00pm
Where: Berkeley College, Manhattan Campus, 3 East 43rd Street, 5th floor, room 504, New York, NY (2 minute walk from Grand Central Terminal)
Link to Google map:


About the ACRL National LMaO Interest Group:
Launched at the 2014 ALA Annual Conference, this interest group encourages regional meet ups around the U.S. as a central initiative. The ACRL National Library Marketing and Outreach Interest Group has been created for Academic Librarians interested in Marketing and Outreach. This group is open to all. For more information, please see our Facebook presence at

Refreshments will be served!!

Our meeting is open to all!

Please bring photo I.D.

We look forward to seeing you!

Mark Aaron Polger, Co-Chair
First Year Outreach Librarian
College of Staten Island, City University of New York

Robin O’Hanlon, Co-Chair
Assistant Library Director, Outreach and Public Services
The Levy Library, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Maria Deptula, Co-Chair
Library Director, Berkeley College (Paramus Campus)
201-967-9667 ext. 1764

Extreme Makeover: A Blueprint for Redefining the Role of the Liaison Librarian in the Academic Library

What does it mean to be an engaged liaison in today’s academic library? New trends in liaison roles have shifted the focus of many librarians from traditional activities to new areas, such as scholarly communication and research data management. Join the ACRL Instruction Section’s 2017 Midwinter Virtual Discussion Forum to delve into the issues related to these trends and hear about one librarian’s experience using a model of change management to successfully engage this shift. The ACRL IS Discussion Group Steering Committee presents:

Extreme Makeover: A Blueprint for Redefining the Role of the Liaison Librarian in the Academic Library

A virtual discussion led by Cinthya Ippoliti, Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services at Oklahoma State University on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Central Time.

Find out more about the session by reading the discussion digest:

Join the forum:

In Their Own Words: Feedback from Today’s Academic Medical Library Users

ACRL and CHOICE present a FREE webinar:

Thursday, November 10, 2016
2:00 PM Eastern
1:00 PM Central
12:00 PM Mountain
11:00 AM Pacific

Are you aligned with your health and medical students? Find out through feedback and trends collected from faculty, undergraduate and graduate students. This session features guest speaker Joe Costello, Informationist at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, who will join our panel to discuss the challenge of discovering and accessing vital health and medical resources.

Reimagining the Academic Library

ACRL and CHOICE present:
Reimagining the Academic Library
With David W. Lewis

April 21, 2016
2:00 PM Eastern
1:00 PM Central
12:00 PM Mountain
11:00 AM Pacific


Libraries must change their practices and transform their role to maintain centrality in the evolving university environment. Forces confronting university libraries include the shift from print to digital documents, the evolving nature of the scholarly record, the economics of information, and the demographics of the profession. To adapt, libraries must consider the library as place and the retirement of print collections. They must develop the capacity to preserve digital content, reposition the library in the information marketplace, and define the library’s job in the age of the smart machine. This webinar presents concrete steps academic libraries should take to advance their place on campus.

Embedded Librarianship for the First Year Experience Librarian

***Please Excuse the Cross Postings****

The ACRL/NY First Year Experience Discussion Group Presents: “Embedded Librarianship for the First Year Experience Librarian”

Come participate in an enlightening conversation where we will exchange ideas on:

1. Outreach and Team-teaching pedagogies
2. Information Literacy Instruction Resources
3. The ACRL Framework

When: Friday April 15, 2016, 9:00am to 10:45am
Where: Mercy College – Manhattan
66 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10016
Room #721
(All attendees must bring a photo ID)

Please RSVP online by Wednesday April 13, 2016 at

Refreshments will be served!

Discussion Groups are a member benefit. You must be an ACRL/NY member to attend and participate. ACRL/NY membership is separate from membership to ACRL National. Not an ACRL/NY member yet? Now is the time to join or renew. Please visit

If you would like to confirm the status of your membership, please contact Werner Sbaschnik, Membership Secretary, at

All ACRL/NY events, programs, and meetings follow our Code of Conduct. For more information, please see

Please RSVP by Wednesday April 13, 2016 at the following URL :

Questions?: or

We look forward to seeing you on April 15, 2016!

A Textual Analysis of Course Syllabi for Library- and Research-Related Terminology: A Quantitative Approach to Faculty Outreach

Please join us, Thursday April 21st, 2-3 PM EST (1-2PM CST) for the monthly
discussion hosted by the ACRL STS Information Literacy Chat sub-committee!
This month, Sarah Hood (Head Research & Instruction Librarian, J. Drake Edens
Library- Columbia College) will lead our discussion: “A Textual Analysis of
Course Syllabi for Library- and Research-Related Terminology: A Quantitative
Approach to Faculty Outreach”

Discussion Description:

If the eyes are a window to the soul, then the syllabus is a window to the
faculty’s mind-map of their course. Come join us as we engage in a discussion
of one librarian’s journey into the world of course syllabi at a small,
private, liberal arts institution. Using simple and inexpensive online tools,
Sarah Hood will explain how she was able to glean valuable information as part
of an ongoing effort to collaborate with faculty on her campus to provide the
highest quality information literacy instruction.

To add fuel for our discussion we recommend you check out this resources
before the chat:

Smith, C., Doversberger, L., Jones, S., Ladwig, P., Parker, J., &
Pietraszewski, B. (2012). Using Course Syllabi to Uncover Opportunities for
Curriculum-Integrated Instruction. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 51(3),
263 – 271.
As an advocate of information literacy, what are various ways that you and
your staff are establishing collaborative relationships with your campus
faculty, specifically in regards to library instruction?
Columbia College is a very small institution. It is entirely possible, likely
even, that the way in which I went about this study is not feasible at your
institution. In what way then might you revise this methodology to better fit
your situational circumstances?
If you could tell faculty anything you wanted to about the construction of
their course syllabi, what would it be?

Please register and access the event using the links below:

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Access: Only registered users may enter the room (guest access is blocked).
Limit of 100 attendees (including speakers)

Note: Please do not access the meeting link above prior to 15 minutes before
the start time, as you may interrupt another meeting.

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Interested in leading an STS monthly chat on a relevant science and
information literacy topic? Have any questions about the STS-IL chats? Please
send your inquiries to Laksamee Putnam,
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