Friday, June 07, 2019

Call for Chapter Proposals - ACRL book "Teaching About “Fake News”: Lesson Plans for Different Disciplines and Audiences"


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.

Chapter structure:
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:  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!

Lessons by discipline:
  1. Psychology
  2. Journalism/Communication
  3. History
  4. Information Technology
  5. Sociology
  6. Health Sciences
  7. Rhetoric/Composition
  8. Political Science
  9. Philosophy
  10. Business
Lessons by audience
  1. Writing Center
  2. Senior Citizen groups
  3. First-year students
Proposal information:

Authors should complete the following form to submit proposals:

Proposals will include:

1.      Discipline or audience addressed
2.      100 word abstract of proposed chapter
3.      A sample learning activity

Email 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