“To ask why we need libraries at all, when there is so much information available elsewhere, is about as sensible as asking if roadmaps are necessary now that there are so very many roads.” Jon Bing (Norwegian Research Center for Computers and Law)
As Library professionals, we have always advocated against the spread of “fake news”. Check out Mediasmarts as they tackle this important initiative, focusing on why verifying sources matters!
During this time of COVID-19, this becomes especially important. We can stop the spread of misinformation. When you read an article on social media, follow these simple rules before you share it.
Remember – Check First. Share After.
- CHECK where the information originally came from.
- CHECK that the source is a trusted source.
- CHECK what the government and public health officials are saying.
- Once you are satisfied that the information is ACCURATE
- Then SHARE.
The same holds true when conducting research. This is especially important for students as more of our information sources become digital. A great starting point for finding accurate and relevant information is checking out the databases through the Library Services website or your school’s OPAC. From EBSCO to Gale, PebbleGo to Infobase, there are so many options and databases to use based on the grade and subject you are looking for. If you need assistance with passwords, please reach out to your library staff or LRC@hcdsb.org.