Document Type

Published Article

Journal Title

portal: Libraries and the Academy

Volume Number

18

Issue Number

2

First Page

265

Last Page

282

DOI

10.1353/pla.2018.0015

Version

Post-print: the version of the article having undergone peer review but prior to being published

Publication Date

4-2018

Disciplines

Information Literacy | Library and Information Science

Description, Abstract, or Artist's Statement

This article addresses the challenge that post-truth politics poses to teaching authority in information literacy. First, it isolates an element of the post-truth phenomenon, an element it calls post-facts, to elucidate why teaching source evaluation is not, by itself, an antidote to fake news or other evidence of Americans’ media illiteracy. Second, it addresses the implications of post-facts politics for the concept of authority as defined by the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, drawing on the work of Patrick Wilson and Max Weber to illustrate which elements of authority librarians must rethink due to recent events.

Original Citation

Bluemle, Stefanie R. "Post-Facts: Information Literacy and Authority after the 2016 Election." portal: Libraries and the Academy 18, no. 2 (2018): 265-282. doi:10.1353/pla.2018.0015.

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