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Get real! Libraries on the frontline - navigating a fake news, post-truth world.
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“News is only the first rough draft of history.” Alan Barth

When: 19/04/2018
Where: Urban Sciences Building, Science Central
Newcastle University
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne and Wear  NE4 5TQ
United Kingdom
Contact: Patricia Crosier
01642 342107

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Get Real! Libraries on the frontline - navigating a fake news, post-truth world

Thursday 19th April 10:30 - 15:45 

ARLG NE are proud to host a range of speakers from across the country in this day event design to unpick the phenomenon of Fake News and how we might best prepare our students to navigate the minefield. With contributions from Irene Picton & Anne Teravainen, Joy Cadwallader and Lisa Eveson. We also invite contributions from attendees on initiatives or activities they may have included in their own teaching with a lightning talks “show and tell,” and invite discussion and sharing of practice in a round-table discussion session.

Ideal for Secondary, FE and HE academic librarians alike, this workshop is a chance to pick up ideas to incorporate into your teaching.


Irene Picton (Senior Programme Manager) & Anne Teravainen (Research Manager) of the National Literacy Trust, authors of “Fake News & Critical Literacy
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Literacy launched a Commission on Fake News and the Teaching of Critical Literacy Skills in Schools in September 2017, which will finish with a final report and recommendations in early summer 2018. To inform the commission, the National Literacy Trust has published an evidence review on fake news and critical literacy which will be complemented by evidence from surveys and focus groups of teachers, children and young people as well as evidence from education professionals, policy makers and the media. This presentation discusses the main findings and recommendations from the literature review, as well as some of the other key pieces of evidence as part of the commission. We also invite participants to share thoughts on some of the identified key themes of the commission.

Joy Cadwallader, Academic Engagement Librarian, Aberystwyth University
Librarians have been teaching students for years about fake news; we just didn’t call it that then. The term is now mainstream and, together with ‘post-truth’, has acquired particular nuances in relation to social media and politics. Fake news is a threat - and an opportunity for librarians to revisit this aspect of information literacy and engage with students towards improved marks, professionalism and life skills. This is a practical presentation showcasing some examples of teaching (given or planned) about fake news as part of our efforts to produce information literate graduates.

Lisa Eveson, Academic Librarian for Computing, Media and the Arts, Teesside University

This session aims to show what inspired the development of our Fake News workshop at Teesside University. It will look at the context of our organisation, challenges in creating the workshop, examples of what takes place in the workshop, and what we have learnt from running it. It will also look at possible developments for the future.

Ticket Information

CILIP members - £90 + VAT

Non CILIP members - £100 + VAT

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Venue Details 

Urban Sciences Building, Science Central, Newcastle University






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