In the ongoing fight against fake news, including propaganda, clickbait, native advertising, conspiracy theories, and hoaxes, knowledge is power. For librarians, knowledge is stock in trade, and we’re in a unique position to empower a huge number of people, across a range of demographics, to seek knowledge – particularly in media literacy. However, doing that can be tricky. Where do you start? How do you engage people who aren’t interested or don’t see the problems with fake news? How do you find appropriate materials for different ages, learning abilities, and languages?
Enter the Libguides
Luckily for us, many libraries and librarians have been monitoring media literacy levels for a number of years, and the recent proliferation and conversations around fake news have prompted a swift and highly engaging response in the form of Libguides – a customisable web platform for libraries to create learning portals from.
Below are some of my favourite fake news Libguides. All are publicly accessible (some content may require an account to access), and provide a huge number of resources and talking points for a range of audiences. These are all in English so if you know of other guides and resources in different languages, please let me know!
Fake News by Tri-College Libraries
A simple, single page guide that includes a discussion about hoax images, and a glossary of common terms like “fact check” and “echo chamber”.
Pause Before You Click by Boston College Libraries
This guide includes interactivity in the form of polls so you can see what other people think about the topics being presented. While it’s not exactly social, it’s nice to see that I’m not alone in being sucked in by, and sharing, a fake news story.
News Makers/News Fakers by James Cook University Libraries
With plenty of videos, graphics, and a light sprinkling of memes, this guide is entertaining and informative. There’s a lot of content here, and a quiz at the end, which makes it feel like a miniature course in media literacy. Full disclosure: I helped make this one.
Fake News and How to Spot it by Lowther Hall Anglican Grammar School
Aimed at high school students, this guide is part of the school’s 7-12 English guide. It covers all the bases, and provides some great links and videos for all ages.
Honourable Mention: Media Influence by Melbourne High School Library
While not specifically about fake news, this guide provides links and resources about how media influences culture, society, and politics.
What are your favourite fake news resources? Do you have a guide you use a lot? Have you made your own guide? Do these make you want to make your own guide? Let me know in the comments below!