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Albertsons Library Launches Combating Misinformation Campaign

By: Brady W Moore   Published 5:55 am / October 11, 2017

In an era of “fake news” and “alternative facts,” Albertsons Library is launching an information literacy campaign to encourage all members of the Boise State University community to carefully evaluate their sources of information — whether writing a paper, conducting research, or reading a news article in mainstream or social media.

The campaign will launch Oct. 16 with a week of posts on the library’s social media channels that include the hashtag #VetYourSources. It will culminate in a Combating Misinformation workshop at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in LIB 201C. All are welcome to attend the workshop, which will include lightning talks by communication experts including:

  • Steve Utych, assistant professor, political science, presenting on political advertising and social media
  • Seth Ashley, associate professor, communication, presenting on fake news as an aspect of news literacy
  • Jessica Roberts, assistant professor, communication, presenting on citizen’s role in combating fake news
  • Deana Brown, assistant professor, Albertsons Library, presenting on tools for news literacy

Light snacks will be offered as well as the opportunity to mix, mingle and talk about resources such as those included on the library’s news literacy guide. The initiative aligns with Albertsons Library’s mission to connect users to resources, tools and expertise that will help cultivate skills for lifelong success.