Gail Borden to host 'Librarians vs. Fake News' Tuesday

Do you want to find out whether something is a real news story rather than fake? The answer is simple. Contact your local librarian.

Several weeks ago, The Washington Post printed "The Fact Checker's guide for detecting fake news." That article suggests a number of ways to try to determine whether the source is legitimate - checking the contacts and examining the reporter's byline - being two of those recommendations.

Helping people find accurate information from accurate sources is and has been a fundamental job for librarians for decades.

This program will feature librarians as well as a news editor, talking about vetting sources for news stories.

"Librarians vs. Fake News" will be offered at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave. in Elgin.

Librarians are the perfect antidote to fake news. They are trusted and trained to determine authoritative sources.

Stop by the library or log in to this live-streamed program that will feature Bob Doyle, executive director of the Illinois Library Association, Elgin Area School District U-46 Elgin High School Librarian Katie Hauser, Gail Borden Public Librarian Margaret Peebles, Reaching Across Illinois Library System Librarian Veronda Pitchford and Daily Herald DuPage/Fox Valley News Director Jim Davis.

The program will be live-streamed at

This program is co-sponsored by the Illinois Library Association, Reaching Across Illinois Library System and the Illinois Library Association Advocacy Committee.

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