There are days when staying in bed and pulling the covers over one’s head seems like the best course of action in an increasingly tumultuous world. At Cubberley Education Library we have put together a display of children’s books that we hope will inspire not only you but the next generation. Some of the titles are about giants in the fight against injustice such as Martin Luther King. Others highlight that one person who stood up for change. Please come read about the youngest marcher, Audrey Faye Hicks, or Lakas who protested the sale of the home where he and many others lived.
Blog topic: Education
Congratulations you have made it to the conclusion of my academic fake news four-part series. So far, I have covered three aspects: predatory journals, fraudulent conferences and faulty textbooks. To wrap up the series I will offer potential solutions to help the noble soldiers fighting on the right side of the Information Wars.
Part 1 of 4
Fake news is a hot topic that is primarily focused on either fabricated or unfavorable media accounts, usually reported on digital outlets, newspapers, cable news or social media. I would be remiss if I failed to state that dismissing unfavorable or unflattering information is a human impulse. For example, it can be extremely cathartic to weigh yourself on a scale then yell, “fake news!” The problem lies with seeking confirmation bias about important events that impact the greater society writ large.
I published an article titled, “Linguistic Diversity in Libraries” in the July 10, 2018 edition of Library Journal. That article dealt with the narrowly focused issue of diversity in libraries that basically deals with disparities in wages and leadership positions. I explain methods to easily include diverse language in my library workday.
Sunday April 22nd is Earth Day. Cubberley Library staff have pulled some of our books imbued with the spirit of Earth Day. We have biographies of individuals dedicated to saving the flora and fauna of this planet as well as individuals who have made a difference in their communities by recycling trash or replanting. Come learn who Anna Comstock, Wangari Maathai, and Isatou Ceesay are and why they might be considered earth champions. Other books which might interest budding earth warriors are on endangered species, community gardening, how the water cycle affects the environment, etc.