InfoLit Learning Community: Vanessa Otero on Media Bias

Posted by InfoLit Learning Community on 10/12/18 9:00 AM

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You may remember Vanessa Otero, creator of the Media Bias Chart and owner of Ad Fontes Media, from the insightful and timely live webinar she did with us earlier this year. (As a member of the InfoLit Learning Community, you can catch the recording of the session here.)

We caught up with Vanessa this week to discuss what bias is, whether it’s always bad, and how to make students care about finding reliable information. Here's what she had to say:

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InfoLit Learning Community: "Beyond Fake News" Presentation Recap

Posted by InfoLit Learning Community on 10/5/18 9:00 AM

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Last weekend, Nancy Speisser, Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Libraries, South University and Etta Verma of Credo presented together at the Virginia Library Association conference in Williamsburg, VA. The presentation, “Beyond Fake News,” concentrated on how to teach students about what journalists do—what happens when they get it right, and, conversely, the consequences when they get it wrong. The talk aimed to show students that while journalism, journalists, and “the mainstream media” have recently come under fire for bias, serious journalists are expected to adhere to strict standards and their work is fact-checked.

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Supporting Information Literacy in the Humanities

Posted by Raymond Pun on 10/4/18 1:22 PM

By Liz King and Raymond Pun 

Raymond Pun recently spoke with Liz King, the Humanities Librarian at Alkek Library in Texas State University. Liz shares her techniques for connecting information literacy to things they do every day, how she overcomes misconceptions about the nature of research in the humanities field, and which resources she leans on when designing instruction.

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Hidden Info Gems: Open Access Report Roundup

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 10/2/18 3:26 PM

Everyday thousands of new and potentially useful documents (data-rich reports, fact sheets, and other research oriented material) from credible sources are published on the web and can be very useful to researchers. Many, if not most, of these items are freely accessible online. Of course, with the amount of material, discovery can be challenging to say the least. Below find a few recently published examples of this type of material. We hope you find it useful. Links will take you directly to the document.

Social Media Content for Libraries

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 10/1/18 2:11 PM

Looking to up your library's social media game? One of the best ways to engage followers to is to provide a consistent stream of fun/useful content. Understanding that libraries don't always have the time to generate all of the content they'd like, we're here to help! 

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InfoLit Learning Community: Fact or Fiction? Tools for Teaching Media Literacy Skills to Your Students

Posted by InfoLit Learning Community on 9/28/18 9:00 AM

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At Credo, we continue to hear from librarians who are teaching students to discern factual material from disinformation. Various methods of doing so abound, but which one is right for your students? The welcome news is that there’s no need to use one particular resource—a wealth of materials exists online, some created by librarians for their students, others created for more general audiences.

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Teaching Resource Highlight: Creating Data Literate Students

Posted by Raymond Pun on 9/25/18 12:26 PM

Data literacy is defined as the ability to read, interpret, understand and create data as information. We’ve written a blog post on how to teach data literacy using Credo including tips and assignments to engage with your students. A great resource for delving even deeper is the new open access publication, Creating Data Literate Students  (2017) edited by Kristin Fontichiaro, Jo Angela Oehrli, and Amy Lennex.

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InfoLit Learning Community: Beyond Fake News: Strategies for Evaluating Information in an Era of "Alternative Facts"

Posted by InfoLit Learning Community on 9/21/18 9:00 AM

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On Thursday, September 27, at the Virginia Library Association Conference, Nancy Speisser (Assistant Vice Chancellor for University Libraries, South University) and Henrietta Verma (Customer Success Manager, Credo) will present Beyond Fake News: Strategies For Evaluating Information in an Era of “Alternative Facts".

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News from the Open Web

Posted by Duncan Whitmire on 9/18/18 2:46 PM

This blog series provides easy, free access to open web resources that support affordable learning opportunities. A wide variety of resources published by government entities, think tanks, and more are curated to demonstrate what may be relatively unknown or ‘buried’ in the internet. Resources reflect issues happening today for the use of librarians, students, and all audiences.

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Using Zines in Library Instruction and Outreach

Posted by Raymond Pun on 9/17/18 12:13 PM

By Ann Matsushima Chiu and Raymond Pun

Zines are fascinating primary sources for self-expression, creativity, engagement, and research. They are self-published work that often include a variety of texts and images on any topic such as health, literature, activism, science fiction, and many more. Providing useful perspectives, some are written by marginalized voices not often included or cited in scholarly resources. By encouraging readers to visualize and reconsider topics, zines can help people reflect upon their own experiences and the experiences of others. Many libraries have added zines into their collection, with some even organizing zine-events where participants can create their own zines. In this interview, Librarian Ann Matsushima Chiu shares her experiences supporting zines in library instruction and programming.

First Year Experience, library instruction

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