Misinformation

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Why do we associate information literacy with fake news?

In this guest post, JIL’s Editor in Chief, Alison Hicks asks “Why do we associate information literacy with fake news?”. I mean I obviously know why, in principle. ‘Fake news’, alternative facts, misinformation, disinformation or whatever you want to call it is associated with bias, trust, reliability, credibility and authority, all of which are hallmarks …

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Online Weekly Seminars on Fake News & Misinformation

Shining a Light in the Post-Truth Era Starting on 29th April, a series of free online 1 hour weekly seminars are running on Fake New and Misinformation. These are being hosted by LIR, a user group within Ireland’s HEAnet libraries. You can find out more information and book your place on the LIR Group’s website.

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Information literacy and the role of inoculation theory

Dr Geoff Walton, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Languages, Information & Communication at Manchester Metropolitan University, considers the role of inoculation theory in tackling misinformation. The events on Capitol Hill in Washington DC demonstrated very graphically what happens when people are no longer able to discern fact from fiction. As information literacy specialists, we have …

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Research

Resources for tackling vaccine misinformation

In this blog post, Pip Divall, Clinical Librarian Service Manager at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and CILIP Information Literacy Group’s Health Sector rep, gathers together useful resources for tackling Covid-19 vaccine misinformation during the global pandemic.   The rollout of the Covid-19 vaccines has been rapid during the first few months of 2021, …

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Information Literacy Group

The role of library and knowledge specialists in moving education and training online

The CILIP Information Literacy Group has today released a statement relating to the role of library and knowledge specialists in moving education and training online. Introduction by Dr Jane Secker, Chair of the CILIP Information Literacy Group Information literacy is a key part of the work of many library and information professionals and is defined …

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Webinar

Free webinar on “The Second Pandemic: Misinformation and Perception”

The Knowledge Quarter, in collaboration with UCL Pharmacy and the World Health Organization, will deliver a free webinar on “The Second Pandemic: Misinformation and Perception” on Thursday, 23 July 2020, 15:00–16:00 BST. The organisers describe the event as follows: “What happens to our perception of truth during a pandemic? What happens in our brains that makes us …

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Publicity for UN's Pause campaign

United Nations campaign to combat misinformation

The United Nations will mark World Social Media Day 2020 on June 30th by launching a new campaign to tackle misinformation and fake news called “Pause – Take care before you share”. The campaign’s pre-publicity emphasises the topical importance of addressing this issue: “We are in a moment of global reckoning, from the pandemic sweeping …

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News

CILIP Information Literacy Group partners with BBC Bitesize on Fake News

The CILIP Information Literacy Group is working with BBC Bitesize to help with the teaching of fake news and misinformation. The Fact or Fake campaign contains resources for secondary school pupils on how they can spot fake news or misinformation when they are using their smartphones and mobile devices in the 24/7/365 information society. Finding …

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Announcement

BBC Bitesize launch Fact or Fake? resource

BBC Bitesize have today launched a great new resource to help children to identify fake news and misinformation. The Fact or Fake? website includes articles, video content and quizzes to help young people becoming more discerning about the information they engage with. It also includes content that relates to the current Coronavirus crisis. With misleading …

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