CALL FOR CHAPTER PROPOSALS
“Fake news” is admittedly a very problematic phrase. Do you have better and/or innovative ways to teach and help students unpack the complexity of these concepts? Please consider submitting a book chapter proposal for our upcoming book.
Chapters are sought for the forthcoming ACRL book Teaching About “Fake News”: Lesson Plans for Different Disciplines and Audiences.
The problem of “fake news” has captured the attention of administrators and instructors, resulting in a rising demand for librarians to help students learn how to find and evaluate news sources. But we know that the phrase “fake news” is applied broadly, used to describe a myriad of media literacy issues such as misinformation, disinformation, propaganda, and hoaxes. There’s no way we can teach everything there is to know about “fake news” in a 50-minute one-shot library session. What we can do is tailor our sessions to be relevant to the specific audience. For example, a psychology class may benefit from a session about cognitive biases, while an IT class might want to talk about the non-neutrality of algorithms. Special populations such as non-traditional students or writing center tutors could also be considered.
Each chapter of this book will be designated for a specific audience, discipline, or perspective, and be written by an author with expertise in that area. In order to provide a foundation for the teaching librarian, it will begin with an overview of that specific aspect of fake news and be grounded in the established scholarship. Next it will include a brief annotated list of accessible readings that could be assigned to participants ahead of a workshop when appropriate. Authors will be asked to house a student-friendly PowerPoint version of their chapter in the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy Sandbox; the teaching librarian could use it as-is or modify it for the direct instruction portion of a session. Finally, each chapter will include hands-on activities and discussion prompts that could be used in the actual workshop.
Final chapters will be 2,000-3,000 words in length.
Submission due dates:
Submit proposals at: https://tinyurl.com/cfpfakenews by July 31, 2019
Notifications will be sent by September 1, 2019
Final chapters will be due by December 1, 2019
Possible chapter topics:
These are just examples of disciplines and audiences; we are open to others!
1. Lessons by discipline
d. Information Technology
f. Health Sciences
h. Political Science
2. Lessons by audience
a. Writing Center
b. Senior Citizen groups
c. First-year students
Authors should complete the following form to submit proposals: https://tinyurl.com/cfpfakenews
Proposals will include:
1. Discipline or audience addressed
2. 100 word abstract of proposed chapter
3. A sample learning activity
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Candice Benjes-Small, Head of Research, and Mary K. Oberlies, Research and Instruction Librarian, William & Mary; Carol Wittig, Head of Research and Instruction, University of Richmond