How to Stop the Spread of Misinformation

In the wake of last week’s events in the U.S., today we’re sharing resources on how to stop the spread of misinformation. Check out the thread and reflect on ways you can help! This list is not exhaustive, and we welcome folks to share other resources via replies and direct messages.


There are differing opinions on libraries’ roles in the current information landscape and political context. The following resources are an attempt to reflect that conversation. 

Spotlight: “We Step Aside: Libraries on the Frontlines,” @scholarlykitchn

Blog: “Libraries Should Take Sides: Breaking Down the Neutrality Myth,” by Mary Elizabeth Allen for @hacklibschool

Blog: “Information Literacy Won’t Save Us; or, Fight Fascism, Don’t Create a LibGuide,” by IJ Clark for @infoism

Digital Exhibition: “The End of Truth,” by @followbdc


If you’re seeking to learn more about what you and your institution can do, here is a selection of webinars and lessons on how to talk about and teach information literacy in a “post-truth era.” 

Webinar: “Post-Truth: Fake News and a New Era of Information Literacy,” by @librarynicole

Lesson: “Sort Fact from Fiction Online with Lateral Reading,” by @SHEG_Stanford

Webinar: “Fake News & Misinformation in Uncertain Times: Libraries as Community Information Educators,” by @DeniseEAgosto at @drexelcci

Webinar Series: “Fake News and Its Impact on Society,” by @IFLA


Finally, we would like to share some tools that will help you and your community think more critically about news and information. 


Infographic: “How to Spot Fake News,” by @IFLA

LibGuide: “Fake News, Propaganda, and Misinformation: Learning to Critically Evaluate Media Sources: What is Fake News?” by Michael Engle for @cornell_library

Article: “ACT UP for Evaluating Sources: Pushing Against Privilege,” by @dawnstahura for @CRL_ACRL News

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