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The VCU Libraries (and beyond) #vetyoursources campaign: Improving students' skill in evaluating sources

Your Name and Title:  Laura W. Gariepy, Head of Teaching, Learning, & Information

Library, School, or Organization Name: James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries

Co-Presenter Name(s): N/A

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Virginia, United States (EST) (note: would need to present sometime between 3:30 and 4:45 due to childcare responsibilities)

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Those interested in leveraging social media and events to increase awareness related to the importance of evaluating information.

Short Session Description (one line): Learn about and become participants in Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Libraries’ #vetyoursources campaign, which (so far) has used social media coupled with a faculty focused event to enhance students’ abilities to vet their sources.

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

On the heels of the 2016 presidential election, librarians at VCU saw a need and opportunity to embrace opportunities to enhance students’ skills to vet their sources. In spring 2017, the campaign focused on a robust social media campaign using Twitter and Facebook coupled with the hashtag #vetyoursources, along with a faculty-librarian event about pedagogical approaches to enhancing student skill in this area. Future directions for the campaign include continuation of the social media aspect of the campaign, coupled with student-focused events and online resources in fall 2017.

Attendees will not only learn about the details of the campaign, but will be invited to join the effort to increase students’ facility in critically appraising information on their campus and beyond by making use of the #vetyoursources hashtag.

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