June 18, 2018

The Fake News Controversy: What Does it Mean for Libraries?

Event Date & Time: Thursday, June 7, 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT

In today’s world users often encounter suspect, inflammatory, or entirely incorrect information online. This presentation will examine the role that libraries can play in teaching users how to identify information and information sources that they can trust. It will include an audience-driven discussion about the ongoing fake news controversy in the U.S. and ideas for making libraries more effective information literacy educators within their unique communities.

Drexel University Professor Denise Agosto will also discuss the role of libraries in relation to fake news, based on her forthcoming book, Information Literacy and Libraries in the Age of Fake News (Libraries Unlimited, 2018).


  • Denise Agosto, PhD, Professor, Drexel University
  • Shaun Briley, Branch Manager, La Jolla/Riford Library, San Diego
  • Dr. Nicole A. Cooke, Assistant Professor at the School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • Jennifer Piña, Young Adult Librarian, Miami-Dade Public Library System, West Kendall Regional Branch


  • Meredith Schwartz, Executive Editor, Library Journal

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