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Fake News, Lies, and Propaganda! How to Sort Fact from Fiction

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The Library and Learning Commons is hosting a guest speaker on the topic of Fake News.  Angie Oehrli, Learning Librarian from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor will visit and discuss “Fake News, Lies, and Propaganda!: How to sort fact from fiction.”

What questions should we ask ourselves as we watch or read the news? Join us for this discussion as we use critical thinking skills and practical strategies to evaluate the news.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | 1-2:30pm | Library & Learning Commons 2nd Floor West | Snacks will be provided!

This event is sponsored by GRCC Campus Common Reading, Instructional Support, and the Library and Learning Commons. Questions? Contact Antoinette (Toni) Harrington, 616-234-3555.  Check out our Fake News Subject Guide.

 

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New Films on Demand Streaming Videos

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Take a look at these neat streaming videos recently added to GRCC’s e-collections! This month, Films on Demand (FOD) added over 300 new videos – on topics spanning: business marketing; careers; communications; criminal justice; environment; ethics;  gerontology;  health; hospitality; psychology; social geography; to, technology.  Videos contain either closed captioning or transcripts, so FOD meets GRCC’s accessibility guidelines.

For more options in streaming video, see the Multimedia & Image Resources Subject Guide.

 

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How to Recognize Fake News Videos Available

Fake News graphicHow to Recognize Fake News is new to GRCC’s streaming video collection. Think of fake news as a disease. Without knowing how to identify and stop its spread, information literacy is at risk, especially among audiences whose critical thinking skills are vulnerable. This video series equips viewers with tools to spot the stories and images that are false, biased, altered or slanted, even those shared by trusted friends or family. Easy tips to detect and check fake news will encourage scrutinizing material for opinion, inaccuracy or misrepresentation. Target audiences learn how to avoid being duped by fake news and may be less quick to click until they know what’s real and what’s not.

For more on this important topic, see the Fake News Subject Guide.

 

 

 

 

 

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Coming to America: Who Should We Welcome? What Should We Do?

Coming to America cover“The immigration issue affects virtually every American, directly or indirectly, often in deeply personal ways.” The National Issues Forums Institute (NIFI), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes public deliberation about difficult public issues,  recently published Coming to America: Who Should We Welcome? What Should We Do?,  a free issue guide about immigration. If you want to be more reputably informed about controversial topics, the NIFI is a great place to get started.  Their practice for all issue guides is to state the “problem … set forth with unbiased facts, useful research, and a list of various solutions…. This immigration guide is designed to help people deliberate together about how we should approach the issue. The three options presented reflect different ways of understanding what is at stake and force us to think about what matters most to us when we face difficult problems that involve all of us and that do not have perfect solutions.”

For additional resources on controversial topics, see the Debate & Controversy Subject Guide.

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2018 Hot Jobs in West Michigan

If you’re in the2018 Hot Jobs cover market for a new job, this is the list for you. The Hot Jobs! list can help guide you to new employment in a high-demand career. West Michigan Works! analyzed online job posting data and surveyed employers to create a list of the 100 highest-growing and most in-demand jobs in West Michigan.  Take a look!  For more career information, see the Careers Subject Guide, as well as the [Careers & Education] tab on most departmental Subject Guides.

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