The 36th Annual Course of the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL) will be held this week in Atlanta, Georgia. This year’s theme is Civil Rights, Human Rights, and Other Critical Issues in U.S. Law. IALL is a worldwide, cooperative non-profit organization of librarians, libraries, and other persons and institutions concerned with the acquisition, dissemination and use of legal information from sources other than their own jurisdictions. The organization has been around since 1959 and has members from more than 50 countries.
Our Library Director, Carol Watson, will be presenting at the IALL conference this year, along with Kristina L. Niedringhaus, Associate Dean for Library and Information Services and Associate Professor of Law at Georgia State University College of Law, and Caroline Osborne, Assistant Dean of Legal Information Services and Professor of Legal Research at Washington & Lee University School of Law. Their presentation is called Information Literacy in a False/Fake News World. See the program description below for more information and if you are attending the conference this week, be sure to check out their session!
Information Literacy in a False/Fake News World
What is fake news? How did it arise? Why is it so hard to detect? Carol Watson, Kristina Niedringhaus, and Caroline Osborne will explore these questions and more in this Information Literacy Panel. Carol Watson will begin by providing an overview of the rise and proliferation of fake news including. She will examine the background, definition, and types of fake news through highlights of historical instances as well as those from the 21st century. Next, Kristina Niedringhaus will discuss why recognizing fake news matters. What are the potential impacts of fake news and why is it important for students and the public to be able to identify fake news? She will also address the intersection of fake news and information literacy theory. Caroline Osbourne will then discuss current education and programming designed to create information literate consumers. She will focus on key elements of programming for the detection of fake news. In addition, she will review the hallmarks of successful programming efforts to combat the misdirection of fake news with questions such as what are the most effective tools to employ when evaluating a source.