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Friday, May 8 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Seniors Seeking Information: Creating an Information Literacy Workshop for the Elderly to Fight Against Fake News and Misinformation

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With the 2020 United States Presidential Campaign underway, deciphering through misinformation is of the highest importance. In a Facebook study by Guess, et al (2019), people aged 65+ (seniors) on both sides of the political spectrum spread misinformation on Facebook seven times more often than their younger counterparts. Libraries should focus their information literacy programming more toward seniors. Indiana University Northwest (IUN) and Indiana University East (IUE) are developing misinformation prevention workshops designed with their information needs in mind. Steps toward collaboration with IUN’s and IUE’s communities will be highlighted to show how libraries can create their own misinformation workshops as community outreach.

Participants will:
  • Learn how to design and implement their own misinformation and fake news prevention workshops for seniors in their own libraries as a community outreach program.
  • Deepen their understanding of their libraries’s roles as trustworthy providers of information; they will also gain insight into the latest research on information seeking and older populations

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Nicholas A. Casas

Assistant Librarian for Teaching & Learning, Indiana University Northwest
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KT Lowe

Assistant Librarian for Instruction, Indiana University East Campus Library

Patrick M Johnson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor & Program Coordinator, Department of Communication, Indiana University Northwest
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Amanda Smith

Assistant Director, Center for Urban & Regional Excellence, Indiana University Northwest

Friday May 8, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT