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Online class: Information Literacy for 2020

October 9 @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am


Librarian Teresa Schmidt will be teaching a course for Fe University called “Information Literacy for 2020: critical thinking and practical skills.” The class will be offered online in 4 sessions at 10:30 a.m. on September 18, September 25, October 2, and October 9.

This class will be offered at NO CHARGE. (Donations are gladly accepted and will be shared between Fe University and the Mercer Public Library.)

Please register in advance for this class, as space may be limited. Register by visiting the Fe University website.

Class description

The Association of College & Research Libraries defines information literacy as a “set of integrated abilities encompassing the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued and the use of information in creating new knowledge and participating ethically in communities of learning”. A practical definition of information literacy in 2020 might be “the ability to identify and reject fake news, scams, and misleading information, in order to make good choices in life.”

As disinformation compounds the many issues the world faces this year, the need for information literacy skills in adults is more apparent than ever. Join librarian Teresa Schmidt in a 4-session course to look more closely at the nature of information and how it spreads in the modern era, the history of misinformation and disinformation, and the tools you can use to identify quality information or truly “do your own research” to make the choices you need to navigate these complex times.

  • Week 1: Misinformation, Disinformation, and Fake News – You’ll gain a better understanding of misinformation, disinformation, and fake news, and learn how and why information is created and shared.
  • Week 2: But Why Do They Do It? – Learn about the history of disinformation and influence in the media, and discuss the psychology of fake news and how it impacts the real world.
  • Week 3: Identifying Bad Information – Examine the critical thinking skills needed to identify fake news, along with tools you can use to recognize and combat it.
  • Week 4: Do Your Research! – Learn more about the academic research and publication process, the differences between traditional publishing and other publishing models, and how those processes affect the creation and sharing of information. You’ll also learn about quality tools you can use to do your own research, while avoiding the “Do yOuR reSeaRCh” pitfalls of the conspiracy theory crowd.

The class will consist of lecture, short reading assignments, and in-class discussion. There will be no assignments or tests.


Please register in advance for this class, as space may be limited. Register by visiting the Fe University website.


October 9
10:30 am - 11:30 am
Event Category:


Fe University
Mercer Public Library


Online via Zoom