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Public Lecture

Thursday, 6 April 2017 - 2:30am

Free Library Event: Guest Lecture by Alan Carbery “Fake news is an Oxymoron, and a LibGuide won’t cut it”

Location: Dublin City Library, 138 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Date: April 6th, 2:30pm. Refreshments served from 2:00pm


The Library Association of Ireland (LAI) in association with the CONUL Teaching and Learning Group and the LAI Taskforce on Literacies are delighted to host a guest talk by Alan Carbery, Associate Director, Champlain College, Vermont, USA, with an introduction from Dr Claire McGuinness.



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Lecture Abstract: The pollsters got Brexit and the US Presidential election very wrong and a sitting president wages war on freedom of the press with claims of “alternative facts” and fake news. It’s time for us to reimagine information literacy away from a library-centric approach, towards a real-world, information-centric model for informed citizenship. This talk will posit a new approach for our profession that draws upon critical theory and social justice for real-world information literacy. Alan will frame his approach to information literacy instruction that places filter bubbles and echo chambers, gender inequality, and racism and social activism before the library catalogue.


About Alan: Alan is the Associate Library Director in Champlain College, a private college in Burlington, Vermont (home of Ben & Jerry's ice-cream and Bernie Sanders). Champlain College was awarded ACRL's Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, in part because of its innovative information literacy teaching. Alan oversees the College's programme of information literacy instruction, which is embedded in college curriculum, and reaches every single  student seven times throughout their undergraduate studies. Alan has lived and worked in Vermont since 2013. Before packing his bags for the US, Alan worked in Waterford IT Library for seven years, helping to embed information literacy in the nursing and engineering programs using a problem-based approach to teaching. He also worked in libraries in the Food Safety Authority and Bord Bia - the Irish Food Board. Alan's work involves innovative teaching practice, reflective practice, assessment and positive organization development. Alan is the incoming chair of ACRL's Value of Academic Libraries Committee, as well as a member of the editorial board ofCollege & Research Libraries.