Academic librarian to offer tips on evaluating information in ‘fake news’ era

By UW-Barron County

“Post-truth” was Oxford Dictionaries’ 2016 word of the year, one marker of the recent growth in attention to the issue of misinformation. On March 1, Jill Markgraf will present “Navigating a Post Truth, Fake News Era” from noon to 1 p.m. in the Blue Hills Lecture Hall (Ritzinger 234). Her presentation is part of the university’s Thursdays @ the U Performance and Lecture Series.

Markgraf is a professor and interim library director at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where she has served as head of Research and Instruction since 2008. In her talk, she will explore how our own behaviors and beliefs as information consumers are both contributing to and impacted by fake news. She also will discuss the challenges posed by the changing information landscape and explore strategies for more critically evaluating information.

Markgraf has worked and taught in academic libraries for 30 years and has presented and published in areas of library instruction, distance education, and student supervision and mentorship. She is co-author of the 2015 book, “Maximizing the One-Shot: Connecting Library Instruction with the Curriculum,” and has taught courses on critical approaches to information. Prior to joining UW-Eau Claire, Markgraf held librarian positions at the University of Florida, the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Michigan Technological University. She earned her master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The Thursdays @ the U series is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation. UW-BC is located at 1800 College Dr., Rice Lake. For more information, call 715-234-8176.



Brian Becker