Information Literacy and Libraries in the Age of Fake News
by Denise E. Agosto, Editor
October 2018, 184pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-6418-6
$70, £54, 61€, A96
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-6419-3
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Learn how to teach library users how to identify and combat fake news.

Going beyond the fake news problem, this book tackles the broader issue of teaching library users of all types how to become more critical consumers and sharers of information.

As a public, school, or academic librarian or educator, you can help library users to become more conscious and responsible consumers of information. As you read, you’ll gain a better understanding and appreciation of the core concepts involved in promoting critical information literacy, such as information ethics, media literacy, and civic education. You’ll also learn the history of fake news and come away with practical ideas in mind for strategies to apply in your library.

Chapters contributed by leading experts in public, academic, and school library services are written in plain, everyday language that librarians and library school students can easily understand and relate to their own experiences as information users, especially their experiences in social media and other online venues where sharing false information takes only a click.


  • Offers a means to learn how to step into their vital role as leaders helping their communities to more critically evaluate information
  • Features ways to master the concept of critical information literacy, information ethics related to online information sharing, and other core concepts related to information literacy, fake news, and teaching users about source evaluation
  • Encourages readers to view libraries as the ideal institutions for combating the fake news problem
Denise E. Agosto, PhD, is professor in the College of Computing & Informatics, director of the Master's in Library & Information Science program, and executive director of the Center for the Study of Libraries, Information, & Society at Drexel University. She is also editor of the American Library Association's Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. She has published more than 100 journal articles, book chapters, and other scholarly works on the topics of youth, technology, and libraries and has won more than 30 teaching and research awards and honors, including several large research grants.


"This book includes good coverage on teaching and educating users on fake news as it relates to digital and media literacy."—ARBA, February 4, 2019

". . . easy-to-implement steps that will aid patrons in discerning what is truthful and what needs at least a more careful examination. . . A worthwhile purchase."—Booklist, February 7, 2019

"This collection of essays does an outstanding job presenting multiple philosophies, strategies, and viewpoints on the problem of digital disinformation. Unlike the titular fake news, these short pieces are uniformly researched, well sourced, and invested with extensive bibliographies."—American Libraries, January 2, 2020

"Much more than a practical handbook of techniques for addressing the fake news problem, Information Literacy and Libraries in the Age of Fake News serves as an excellent, nuanced discussion of its long-lasting and serious consequences and implications."—Online Searcher, February 10, 2020
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