VALA2018 Session 14 Harper

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Glenn Harper
Glenn Harper

We need to talk about fake news

Thursday 15 February 2018, 11:25 – 11:55

Glenn Harper

Monash Public Library Service

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Everyone is susceptible to confirmation bias and experiences like the Dunning Kruger effect, including library staff. It has been argued that libraries, staffed by trusted information professionals, should be part of the solution to fake news (Alvarez 2017 and Chen, Conroy and Rubin 2015). This paper reviews the current phenomenon of fake news by defining some key terms and discusses insights into online behaviours that enable fake news to flourish. Finally, the paper looks at survey results and argues that steps should be taken to improve the digital information literacy of library staff.


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