The librarian’s role in information credibility

“Fake news,” “alternative facts”—these previously unfamiliar terms and concepts are now part of our lexicon, thanks to a number of factors—like an alarming increase of misinformation and purposeful disinformation across social media platforms and dubious “news” sites.

At a time when there is so much media available, when anyone with a smartphone can be a “citizen journalist,” and when foreign governments are intentionally seeding misleading information into the media stream, it’s difficult to sort the true from the false and the real from the fake. The real question is, what can we do about it? Since I come from the world of librarianship, it will come as no surprise when I say that librarians have a unique opportunity and duty to restore reliance on facts to today’s discourse.

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As an information professional and visionary, John DiGilio has over 20 years of large law firm library and legal information vendor experience. He has proudly been affiliated with some of the largest law firms and information vendors in the industry. An award winning writer and popular speaker, John believes in the value of information and the power it can bring when harnessed wisely and efficiently.

John is the Vice President of Research & Intelligence at LAC Group. He has written for numerous regional and national publications as well as taught college and graduate courses in such topics as business ethics, e-commerce, fair employment practices, research methodology and business law.