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Session Descriptions: Day 2 PM Block: Trissler

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Fact? False? Or "Fake News"?
August 9, 1:00-1:40pm
Rosanne B. Trissler, Head Librarian, La Salle Academy


  • Information Literacy, 9-12
  • Audience cap: 20

Staying afloat in our present day "Fake News" world can be fun, humorous, agonizing, and sometimes downright scary. We will chat about the beginnings of the "fake news" movement (film clip from Wag the Dog) and move from there to Melissa Zimdar's detailed study of biased, clickbait'-y, hate, unreliable, and satirical news sources. Discussion will include identifying personal bias as well as the root of others' bias (the "bias continuum"), how to "verify" reports for factual content, and tips for quickly eliminating extremely distorted news reporting. Participants will evaluate 2-3 fake news sites and share them with the group. Content covered can be adapted to work with classes and levels across the curriculum.

Rosanne Trissler is presently the Head Librarian at La Salle Academy where she teaches a freshman Digital Literacy class.   This course introduces key concepts related to cyber safety, research, & information literacy.  She actively promoted early childhood and adult literacy skill development through her work as the Lower School Librarian at Moses Brown School and while serving as the Literacy Program Coordinator at the Providence Public Library.  Rosanne received her MLIS from Simmons College.  She graduated with a B.A. in International Relations and Ed.M in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Boston University.

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