ACRL e-Learning webcast: Controversial Topics and Difficult Dialogues – Strategies for Addressing Misinformation in the Library

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ACRL e-Learning logoJoin ACRL on Thursday, February 21 for the e-Learning webcast Controversial Topics and Difficult Dialogues – Strategies for Addressing Misinformation in the Library. The webcast will be held from 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (Eastern) | 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central) | 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain) | 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific).

Misinformation and fake news are deeply complex and often fraught issues that can be difficult to address in the library. Misinformation is in many respects designed to play on people’s emotions, to polarize issues, and to heighten controversy. Navigating these currents in lessons on media literacy is a challenge many librarians face. This webcast will focus on strategies, techniques, and ideas to empower librarians to confidently tackle topics like misinformation in the library. If librarians are empowered and confident in their ability to address misinformation in the library, then they can better empower their patrons to strengthen their own media literacy skills and grapple with misinformation themselves.

Unpack some of the trends, concepts, and ideas surrounding misinformation, Discuss and explore strategies and techniques for addressing controversial or polarizing information in the library. Leave with concrete strategies and action plans that you can implement in your own library for tackling controversial topics, misinformation, and media literacy.

Learning outcomes:

  • Explore concepts and ideas surrounding misinformation and fake news
  • Explore connections between media literacy and information literacy, with a focus on the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy
  • Develop lessons, activities, and plans for addressing controversial topics in the library
  • Incorporate resources, activities, and ideas into library instruction sessions and programs

Presenter: Sarah Morris, Head of Instruction and Engagement, Emory University Libraries

Complete details and registration materials are available on the ACRL website. Group registration and other discounts are available. Contact Margot Conahan at with questions