By 2025, according to the World Economic Forum, it is estimated that 463 exabytes of data will be created globally every single day, which is equivalent to 212,765,957 DVDs! With this unbelievably massive daily torrent of information hitting us from multiple perspectives, it is impossible to process it all; and, more importantly, for us to “separate the wheat from the chaff.” It is vital for everyone to be able to verify the accuracy and authority of information found on the Web while being able to detect bad data and lies to achieve the ultimate goal of making intelligent decisions. As 21st Century library and information professionals, it is essential that we know how to find facts in a post-truth world, to critically think in the Information Age, and to be able to pass this skill on to our users.

In this webinar:
– Discover what misinformation and fake news is and explore ways to combat it.
– Learn to recognize misleading news, statistics, graphs, infographics, and more.
– Understand basic fallacies and how to detect bias.
– Appreciate how fast information spreads on social media and gather tools to help you become a stronger digital citizen.
– Utilize the scientific method to become a critical thinker in the Information Age.


Original broadcast March 17, 2021

Presenter ~Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College.

While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Chad also plays drums in two bands: Low Season and It Will Flood.