January 21, 2022

Report From IFLA: “Real Solutions to Fake News: How Libraries Help”

From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA):

Freedoms of access to information and expression online are at risk. The spread of deliberately misleading information risks undermining confidence in the Internet, while heavy-handed reactions from authorities and platforms limit fundamental human rights.

For IFLA, neither of these solutions is desirable. When people are disconnected from the Internet, they risk losing access to the information and ideas that strengthen development and enrichen lives. IFLA developed its infographic on how to spot fake news as a simple yet effective tool to provide an alternative, based on conviction that education provides the best way to give users confidence, and governments no excuse for unnecessary censorship.


Source: IFLA


Find out more about how libraries have used the infographic in this report with examples.

IFLA now encourages its members to engage in discussions on media and information literacy worldwide. We have produced a guide for those interested in drawing more attention to the key role libraries play.

Direct to Complete IFLA Post

Direct to How to Spot Fake News Infographic (PDF, JPG Versions)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.