Detroit area library looks to stop spread of fake news

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An idea out of a Detroit area library has spread to 13 libraries in Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey and Florida.

The Rochester Hills Public Library in Oakland County started the “Share Truth” campaign earlier this year.

Since then, it’s spread to 13 libraries in Michigan, Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey and Florida.

Amanda Harrison Keighley is with the library. She’s also a former CMU Public Radio reporter.

“For myself, as a former journalist and now public relations professional for the library, I also felt an obligation to build the reputation for journalists, and get the word out there on how people can tell the difference between credible information and things that should be thrown out.”

Keighley said the library has identified five main points to detecting fake news – author, location, accuracy, content and timeliness.

“We’ve all noticed on our social media feeds this past year, really, a lot of stories that were blatantly false. Then we’ve heard a lot about it in the news. And as librarians, here, they felt an obligation to do something. Because librarians are masters in information literacy, and they are one of the most trusted professions.”

Keighley said the library has identified five main points to detecting fake news – author, location, accuracy, content and timeliness. She said the library is asking people to take a pledge against fake news.

RHPL is planning to bring in journalists for a discussion on fake news and ethics.