Four Out of Five Dentists Say Coca-Cola Cures Cancer!: Data Literacy Strategies to Help Patrons Identify Fake – or Just Bad – Information

Your Name and Title: Kristin Fontichiaro, Clinical Associate Professor

Library, School, or Organization Name: University of Michigan School of Information

Co-Presenter Name(s): n/a

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Librarians and educators

Short Session Description (one line): When it comes to improving news literacy, data literacy is a critical skill, so let's talk about it!

Full Session Description (as long as you would like): 

When we think about expanding the news literacy skills of our patrons (and ourselves!), we often think about strengthening their reading comprehension skills. But increasingly, they are bombarded with data visualizations, out-of-context statistics, and headlines screaming causality. In this short presentation, we’ll talk about how we can begin – in small but powerful ways – to sharpen our own data literacy skills so we can then share that power with our patrons. This session will also be a preview of the 4T Virtual Conference on Data Literacy, an IMLS-supported conference coming July 20 – 21 from the University of Michigan.

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