Librarians Combat Fake News at Civic & Community Engagement Conference

On October 20, 2017, three UMKC Librarians lead a workshop titled "Fake News: Your Role and Responsibility" at the UMKC Educate - Organize - Advocate (EOA) Conference on Civic and Community Engagement.

Workshop attendees explored how things like confirmation bias, privilege, and filter bubbles shape our information habits and our participation in the news cycle, while our librarians shared strategies for being responsible and critical information consumers and advocates against fake news.

About the EOA Conference

Mardi MahaffyDanielle WellemeyerJessica Williams

Left to right: librarians Mardi Mahaffy, Danielle Wellemeyer, and Jessica Williams

Along with partners from all across UMKC, the Multicultural Student Affairs Office developed the EOA Conference on Civic and Community Engagement "in commitment to [the UMKC] strategic mission to embrace diversity, and in response to the ongoing needs of our campus community."*

The conference aimed to "provide our community with the tools necessary to engage in meaningful dialogue over challenging topics; to increase advocacy for self and others; to integrate cultural competence, inclusive pedagogy, and diversity not only into curriculum, but into our everyday lives as civically engaged members of an urban community."*

The University Libraries are proud to be a part of this important conference with three of our own librarians in attendance this year. We value our librarians' passion for sharing truth, knowledge, and the power to make a difference.

Lies sound like facts to those who've been conditioned to mis-recognize the truth.”
― DaShanne Stokes

*quotes captured from the Multicultural Student Affairs EOA Sponsorship webpage