Spot Fake News

There is plenty of credible information available to you, but you need to learn how to find and read it. Research shows that “social media posts on Twitter and Facebook differ from the actual content of their linked news articles, finding that social media comments regularly misrepresent the facts reported in the news” (Anspach & Carlson, 2020, p. 697).

8 Tips for Recognizing Fake News

  1. Consider the Source: Click away from the story to investigate the site, its mission and its contact info.
  2. Check the Author: Do a quick search on the author. Are they credible? Are they real? 
  3. Read Beyond: Headlines can be outrageous in an effort to get clicks. What’s the whole story?
  4. Check the Date: Reposting old news stories doesn’t mean they’re relevant to current events.
  5. Check Your Biases: Consider if your own beliefs could affect your judgment. 
  6. Supporting Sources: Click on those links. Determine if the info given actually supports the story.
  7. Is It a Joke?: If it is too outlandish, it might be satire. Research the site and author to be sure.
  8. Ask the Experts: Ask a librarian, or consult a fact-checking site. 

Find out more on the library’s How to Spot Fake News guide and get links to fact-checking websites.


Anspach, N. M., & Carlson, T. N. (2020). What to Believe? Social Media Commentary and Belief in Misinformation. Political Behavior42(3), 697–718. https://proxy.umpqua.edu/login?url=https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=145258670&site=eds-live&scope=site

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Need home internet?

The FCC announced that on May 12, 2021, eligible households will be able to apply for the Emergency Broadband Benefit.

In announcing the official launch date, Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel stated:

“Families in every corner of the country have been struggling to get online throughout this pandemic. For those families, we now say help is around the corner. In less than two weeks, we will have a new way for disconnected Americans to access the internet to carry out their day-to-day life, so they can reach the virtual classroom, take advantage of telehealth, and seek new employment opportunities.”

Beginning on May 12 households can apply in three ways:

  1. Contact your preferred participating broadband providerdirectly to learn about their application process. 
  1. Go to orgto apply online and to find participating providers near you. 
  1. Call 833-511-0311 for a mail-in application, and return it along with proof of eligibility to: Emergency Broadband Support Center, P.O. Box 7081, London, KY 40742

Materials that partners can use to help promote the Emergency Broadband Benefit to the communities they serve will be available soon on www.fcc.gov/emergency-broadband-benefit-outreach-toolkit.

Earlier this week the FCC hosted a webinar that provided an overview of the benefit, eligibility criteria, how to apply, and the FCC’s partner toolkit materials. If you missed the event live, a recording can be viewed online.

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ACRL-OR Statement for Racial Justice

ACRL-OR Statement for Racial Justice

October 20, 2020

The Oregon Chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries/Academic Division of the Oregon Library Association (ACRL-OR) stands in solidarity with the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA) and REFORMA Oregon in condemning the systematic social injustices and violence endured by Black people and all people of color. We support the principles of the Black Lives Matter movement and pledge our support to library workers and the communities we serve by advocating for the eradication of racial injustice and White supremacy in our profession. We recognize the pervasive role of both implicit and explicit racism in denying equal rights and equitable access, and commit to working toward becoming an anti-racist chapter that confronts, deconstructs, and dismantles the systems, policies, and procedures that reify racism and anti-blackness.

In order to effect change within our organization, the ACRL-OR Board commits to:

  • Exploring ways to support academic library staff in Oregon in doing anti-racist work, including providing professional development and staff training opportunities that counteract anti-blackness, racism, and White supremacy in librarianship;
  • Assessing our internal processes and procedures and implementing systems that operationalize racial equity;
  • Deconstructing the Whiteness of our professional organization by actively recruiting BIPOC library staff for leadership positions, and by working towards identifying and dismantling the barriers that prevent BIPOC library staff from engaging in organizational leadership;
  • Ensuring that an ACRL-OR Board member is represented on (and ACRL-OR is accountable to) the OLA’s Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Taskforce.

We recommend that academic library staff commit to:

  • Engaging in an equity audit of current policies, processes, and procedures that have been built upon and support a legacy of White supremacy, and then work to rectify or dismantle these policies and procedures;
  • Advocating for anti-racist actions within our institutions;
  • Ensuring that patrons from historically marginalized groups feel welcomed and included in the spaces we manage (both in our libraries and our classrooms);
  • Providing public programming and displays that further anti-racist causes;
  • Pursuing professional development and staff training opportunities that counteract racism;
  • Making resource purchasing decisions using an equity lens;
    Incorporating inclusive design and anti-racist pedagogical principles in teaching.

ACRL-Oregon Board

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