Posted by: bluesyemre | March 3, 2018

Could #Libraries become the fifth branch of power?


The role of libraries in connection to the fake news phenomenon has been intensely debated in the last year as libraries are gaining more confidence than most media outlets.

Fake news has always existed but given the recent outburst of unverified and in some cases untrue news in the press, libraries have started positioning themselves as a fake news debunker.

Libraries as fake news debunker

International library organizations such as IFLA and CILIP took initiative and created different calls to action for libraries to start educating the citizens in spotting fake news.

IFLA took its inspiration from’s 2016 article How to Spot Fake News and created a visual representation of it with eight simple steps to discover the verifiability of a given news-piece in front of you. It can be easily downloaded in different formats and languages so make your pick!

CILIP launched a campaign called ‘#FactsMatter’ that ran at the same time with the 2017 General Election campaign advocating for the vital role of facts and evidence in public life.

The #library ‘s offerings have the purpose of ensuring the necessary skills for spotting fake news.

Local libraries have taken the initiatives even further as they have started focusing more on offering workshops, talks, educational materials, quizzes or courses on topics such as literacy, critical thinking, digital skills, etc.  All of these offerings have the purpose of ensuring the necessary skills for spotting fake news.

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