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(Dis)information Competency Series

Disinformation competency flyer. Dates are 10/17 and 10/27. See tabs for more information.

Introduction to Information Disorder

Friday 10/14/2022, 12:30-1:30 Zoom

We are thrilled to have Hailey Mooney kick off the series with a keynote lecture about information disorder, a holistic concept encompassing current trends in (dis)information that has gained increasing traction since it was first introduced in a 2017 Council of Europe report. Components of information disorder include how disinformation and other forms of information pollution are defined, produced, interpreted, and distributed. We'll take a broad look at the network of inter-related hot-button issues that stem from information disorder including moral panics, narrative control, propaganda, and censorship. The information disorder framework helps to map this contested terrain and consider ways that we can engage with information competency issues, such as trust and critical evaluation, in our own learning and teaching.

Hailey Mooney developed and teaches an original professional development course for librarians on the Sociology of Information Disorder and Fake News at Library Juice Academy. She first created and instructed her course on the Sociology of Fake News for the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan. Hailey has over a decade of experience working as a librarian within the Michigan Research Libraries Triangle at Wayne State University, Michigan State University, and the University of Michigan. She has held roles in reference, data services, and as a subject specialist in the social sciences; most recently for psychology and sociology. Her scholarly work and research interests are currently focused on issues in fake news and information literacy, and previously concentrated on data-related scholarly communication practices. Hailey has a Master of Library and Information Science from Wayne State University and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of Michigan. 

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Closed captioning will be provided.

Information Literacy in the Age of Algorithms

Thursday 10/27/2022, 12:15-2:00 Student Center 212. RSVP required.

Join us for lunch and an active learning activity based on the 2020 report Information Literacy in the Age of Algorithms. The report examines how college students navigate a challenging information landscape in the age of algorithms – their experiences, concerns, and widespread skepticism where targeted ads are the norm, and objective news coverage gets harder to tell from opinion. Qualitative findings from 16 focus groups with 103 undergraduates and interviews with 37 faculty members from eight U.S. colleges and universities are presented, as well as takeaways and recommendations.

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