William Meloy and Loring Prest, faculty members in Cal U’s Department of Library Services, will mark Constitution Day by conducting consecutive interactive sessions on how to identify valid sources on the Internet at 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. in Manderino Library.
Although the recent U.S. presidential election brought so-called “fake news” into focus, an educated citizenry has always had to differentiate fact from fiction in the news, the presenters say.
They note that a free press is considered an essential element of democracy and is protected by the Bill of Rights.
Prest and Meloy will discuss the skills needed to judge the validity of online sources, including news outlets, and provide examples for participants to examine.
Prest is a professor and electronic resources librarian. Meloy, chair of the Department of Library Services, is an associate professor and the research and electronic collections librarian.
“More than at any other time in our nation’s history, people need to be sophisticated consumers of information,” Blumberg said.
“If not, as Ruben Blades, the actor, said: "I think we risk becoming the best informed society that has ever died of ignorance."
Monday, September 18, 2017
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