Saturday, February 20, 2021

The Librarian War Against QAnon as "Do the Research" becomes a rallying cry for conspiracy theorists, classical information literacy is not enough.




Fister, B., 2021. The Librarian War Against QAnon As “Do the research” becomes a rallying cry for conspiracy theorists, classical information literacy is not enough. [online] The Atlantic. Available at: https://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2021/02/how-librarians-can-fight-qanon/618047/    [Accessed 19 February 2021].

I'm putting this article up in the hopes that it will generate some good discussion around info literacy and how it could be re-vamped for our current information ecosystems.  

We've probably all had family members, friends, and patrons yell at us to "Do the research."  But clearly their definition of that task is very different from ours as professional Librarians and Searchers.    [Frankly, hearing someone say "Do the research" is like fingernails down a blackboard for me.]  How do you answer them?  Is it even possible?  Is classical info literacy due for an upgrade?

What are your thoughts?