Month: July 2017

Call for Guest Bloggers on Fake News and Information Literacy

Are you a journalist, teacher, or researcher who has experience with fake news? We want to hear from you!

The University Libraries social media team is looking for interdisciplinary perspectives on the topic of fake news and how it relates to news literacy, media literacy, information literacy, and more. We hope to share a series of posts on this blog in the 2017-18 school year, aimed at helping Wright State students, staff, faculty, and the community better understand and evaluate news and information sources.

Interested in contributing? Please email your draft blog post of approximately 1-5 paragraphs to by August 31, 2017 (Deadline extended: December 22, 2017).

Below are some sample questions to help you brainstorm. You do not need to answer these questions directly in your blog submission; these are just some ideas to keep in mind.

  • What is fake news, what has been your experience with it, and how does it affect your work/field?
  • How do you view the partnership between librarians and those who work in your field?
  • What does the term information literacy mean to you? Does it affect how you approach your work?


  • How have changes to the news cycle timeline and the growth of media coverage affected your work?
  • What do you wish your average reader knew about your job?
  • What is yellow journalism and how does it relate to fake news? What are some examples?


  • What age group do you teach? Have you addressed fake news in any of your classes? If so, what was your approach?


  • What psychological factors are involved when a person reads or watches sensationalized news?
  • What should the average reader be mindful of when consuming information?

Historians and Archivists

  • How does your research/work support journalism?
  • What is yellow journalism and how does it relate to fake news? What are some examples?
  • Is propaganda news?

Political Scientists

  • How has information and/or media literacy affected recent elections? Historic elections?
  • What should citizens do to fight fake news and make informed decisions moving forward?

Other fields, subjects, and perspectives welcome! Email your submission to

Researching with Raider Academy

Adjust. Explore. Achieve. These are the goals that 80 incoming first-year Wright State students pursued at Raider Academy with the help of four library staff members, along with faculty, staff and student leaders from a variety of disciplines. Raider Academy is a two-week residential experience designed for first-year students.  Participants build academic foundations in math, writing and critical thinking, while being introduced to campus resources and the Wright State community. The program is a mix of work and play with three academic sessions daily, and weekend and evening community service and social events.

Maureen Barry uses Kahoot ( to assess student beliefs about information sources.

Library staff members Mandy Shannon, Head, Instruction & Research Services, Holly Jackson, Humanities Librarian, Maureen Barry, First-Year Experience Librarian and David Reyes, Student Technology Assistance Center (STAC) Coordinator provided information and digital literacy instruction for the students as they worked toward their culminating project. The final project was to propose a solution to a problem and present it either as a pitch [think Shark Tank] or at a poster session. Each group of students selected a problem to which they would need to propose a solution. Problems for which the students proposed solutions ranged from food waste to foster care neglect. They developed their research and writing skills, and learned how to create attractive presentations and posters that effectively conveyed their research.

The University Libraries have provided instruction to Raider Academy in both years it has been offered. Last summer, library staff provided a stand-alone Information Literacy track with 27 hours of instruction leading toward the creation of a video or web site, separate from the “Shark Tank” pitch to solve a problem. This summer, the information literacy instruction and writing track integrated with the problem solving project.

Raider Academy students’ projects are available in CORE Scholar [].

University Libraries Extends Summer Break Hours July 29- August 25

The University Libraries will offer new extended hours during the summer to support the Boonshoft School of Medicine (BSOM) academic term. All students, staff, faculty and visitors are welcome to use the library during this time. The hours will be in effect July 29th through August 25th and will include the following:

Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday – CLOSED
Sunday 1:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

This change will benefit BSOM students who begin their academic term in late July and others who wish to use the library during these times. Full service circulation, research assistance, study rooms, computers, printers, scanners, and general library study areas will all be available. The Special Collections and Archives and the Student Technology Assistance Center will not have extended hours. More library hours can be found on our website.

The extended summer break hours are offered on a trial basis for 2017. Library usage will be assessed during this time to determine summer break hours in the future. Any questions or suggestions can be directed to Sue Polanka, Associate University Librarian for Public Services.