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Librarians take up arms against fake news

“Janelle Hagen is a school librarian whose job goes far beyond checking out books. She and many other librarians are equipping students to fight through lies, distortion and trickery to find their way to truth.Helping students become smarter evaluators of the information that floods into their lives has become increasingly necessary in an era in which fake news is a constant.Two University of Washington professors recently announced a new class that will focus on the ways data are misused to mislead the public. Younger students may need guidance even more.” (via The Seattle Times)

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The Biblioracle: Hero librarians create fake reader to save books, outsmart algorithms

“Two librarians of East Lake County Library in Lake County, Fla., are the subject of investigation for creating a fake patron, “Chuck Finley,” who checked out 2,361 books over nine months in 2016. I call them heroes.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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Librarian’s list of ‘predatory’ journals reportedly removed due to ‘threats and politics’

“An academic librarian’s lists of “predatory” journals and publishers on Sunday vanished from the internet without explanation. His business partners now say he was forced to shut down the website. Jeffrey Beall, scholarly communications librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver, created the lists in 2008. They grew to include thousands of journals and publishers that Beall alleged exploit open-access publishing for their own profit — for example by spamming researchers with invitations to publish their findings or present at conferences, then pocketing publication or registration fees while providing little or no quality review. Beall populated the lists based on 52 criteria he developed.” (via Inside Higher Education)

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The challenge facing libraries in an era of fake news

“Imagine, for a moment, the technology of 2017 had existed on Jan. 11, 1964 – the day Luther Terry, surgeon general of the United States, released “Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States.” What would be some likely scenarios?” (via The Conversation)

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Libraries are suddenly a hotbed of political activism

“Librarians used to be known for telling everyone to be quiet. Now they can’t seem to shut up. They have opinions on just about every political issue of our time. And they can’t wait to share them with the rest of us.The week after the election, the American Library Association sent out a fairly anodyne press release: “We are ready to work with President-elect Trump, his transition team, incoming administration and members of Congress to bring more economic opportunity to all Americans and advance other goals we have in common.” (via New York Post)

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