Librarians are natural allies when dealing with misinformation and disinformation, and recent changes in the field have pushed us to take a much more prominent role in education.

by Todd Heldt

Among academic librarians the phrase “information literacy” has undergone a transformation in recent years. It was defined in the early 2000s as a series of steps: first you recognize that you need more information, then you find it, then you evaluate it, then you use it legally, and voila, you are information literate! There was, of course, more to it than that, but that was the shorthand definition librarians had tattooed on their tongues for 15 years.

In 2016, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) decided that information literacy is better described as a series of overlapping frames through which people view information’s creation, dissemination, value, usability, and ultimate utility. It’s a more intellectually satisfying way to talk about what librarians do, but it can be difficult to implement such a sweeping vision. (Read More at