Fact-checking In An Era of Fake News and Misinformation
Tools and Strategies for Library and Information Professionals

Webinar

Organised by the Nigerian Library Association, Delta State Chapter, in collaboration with Digital Citizens

Date: Wednesday, 13 May, 2020

Time: 8:00pm (WAT | UTC+1)

Overview

In an era where information spreads amazingly fast, one of the resultant effects is people craving to play frontline role in the dissemination of information, in manners suggestive of some sort of gains in being the first, or among the first people to burst the news. Consequently, a lot of what is churned out is alarming, and it has become a norm overtime to mislead people and contradict stories with catchy headlines. While some of these information put out there are a result of shallow research and ignorance, some others are deliberate, with the author meaning to misinform and mislead people, and to spark off emotional responses.

What does this mean for library and information professionals?

Among other information commons, librarians play a key role in the dissemination of correct information, and in the information literacy of citizens. However, with the emergence of improved information and communication technologies, which enhance the information services of library and information institutions,  comes also, faster and wider spread of negative information. This is a challenge for all information professionals and a challenge for the society at large. For this reason, it is imperative that library and information professionals upgrade their fact-checking skills, using appropriate technologies and strategies, if they have to occupy front line in the war against fake news and misinformation.

Fake news and misinformation spread fast, and they have the potentiality of causing grave damage. Hence, this programme was designed to help library and information professionals stay informed correctly and stay on track, while helping others know how to differentiate between what is real and what is not, and not be victims and channels of confusion.

Presentation

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Testimonials

Thank you for the wonderful and educative session, I really enjoyed the webinar and learned a lot. Looking forward to the next one.

Kamal Salis

Kano State, Nigeria

It's interesting to be part of this program. This presentation is extremely important for Information professionals in order to provide relevant, correct and accurate information to our patrons.

Dr. Saturday U. Omeluzor

Delta State, Nigeria

Glad to participate, and many thanks for the presentation. To us, the Information Scientists, it's been very beneficial.

Nabukenya Judith

Mbarara, Uganda

Interesting one, I must say. Well done!

Sarah Hood

New Mexico, United States

Thanks a lot for the webinar. To the presenter, you wonderfully delivered and successfully shared knowledge of deep connection with the library profession. I can't thank you enough, you made my May.

Amuni Sarat

Lagos State, Nigeria

We are grateful for you managed to organize a wonderful educative webinar successfully.

Atuha Peter

Kampala,Western Uganda

Thanks for the enlightenment. It's quite interesting, and thanks too for making the presentation document available. My God bless the presenter and the organisers.

Samuel Ogunniyi, Ph.D

Ondo State, Nigeria

Kudos to Digital Citizens and NLA, Delta State Chapter, for the wonderful presentation.

Chukwu Okoche

Ebonyi State, Nigeria

It's my pleasure to be part of this educative session.

Salisu Kamalu

Kano State, Nigeria

Well done! It's an interesting lecture.

Funmilola Kolajo

Oyo State, Nigeria

Great presentation!

Asiimwe Peter

Mbarara (Western Region), Uganda

Very interesting, thanks for making the presentation document available.

Adaora Obuezie

Anambra State, Nigeria

This presentation is very important. It feels good to be a part of it.

Sonia Itama

Delta State, Nigeria

​Great presentation... Glad to take part.

Happy John

Delta State, Nigeria

Thank you for this (presentation). Looking forward to another webinar.

Fatima Ladan Yusuf

Niger State, Nigeria

Many thanks for the presentation.

Carolyn Asibong

Akwa Ibom, Nigeria

Great presentation, thank you!

Kekayo Osuolale

Cross River, Nigeria

​This presentation is an eye opener. It's quite educative. Thanks to the organizers.

Dr. Saturday U. Omeluzor

Delta State, Nigeria

​Thank you so much for this insightful presentation

Happiness Michael-Onuoha

Ogun State, Nigeria

Dear Webinar Team, Thank you so much for a beautiful and well organized webinar. I appreciate the presentation, well delivered and very relevant and informative.

Carolina Monntoya

University of Ibadan, Nigeria.