Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Addressing Misinformation and Fake News: Resources and Strategies

Instructor: Sarah Morris

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Price: $175

This course introduces librarians to the topic of misinformation and provides them with resources, definitions, approaches, and strategies they can employ in their institutions to address the topic of misinformation with patrons. Each section of this online course provides participants with resources, tools, studies, and readings they can explore, opportunities for hands-on exploration, and chances to apply what they learn about misinformation to their home institutions and programs. The overall goal of this course is to empower participants with a deeper understanding of what misinformation is, with strategies they can use to address misinformation with patrons, and with a sense of how libraries and librarians are uniquely suited to tackle misinformation with patrons and to empower patrons with the literacy skills they need to deal with misinformation themselves.

Participants will...

  • discuss and define misinformation and gain a deeper understanding of what misinformation has looked like historically and currently;
  • explore strategies for addressing misinformation with their patrons;
  • examine the unique role libraries and librarians can play in addressing issues posed by misinformation;
  • explore ways in which information literacy skills can be used to combat misinformation; and
  • develop plans for ways they continue to explore and address misinformation in their work and in their home institutions.

This course can be taken as one of the courses in our eight-course Certificate in Library Instruction, but can be taken as a stand-alone course as well.

Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris is a librarian and educator with a decade of experience working in libraries, museums, K-12 schools, and higher education environments. Sarah currently works as the Head of Instruction and Engagement at the Emory University Libraries. She is also the co-founder and co-director of Nucleus Learning Network, an educational nonprofit dedicated to providing training and consulting opportunities for educators hoping to grow their skills in STEM and digital literacy education. Through her nonprofit, she is currently partnering with organizations such as the Mozilla Foundation and Global Voices to develop media literacy curriculum and resources. Sarah has a Master’s degree in the Humanities from the University of Chicago and a Master’s degree in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.