Media Landscapes: Faith and Fake News: Helping Churches Address Misinformation


How can information professionals use existing community structures outside of libraries to teach people information literacy and critical thinking skills? What does it look like to take our professional skills into spaces in our personal lives? In this session we’ll explore how one librarian took information and news literacy workshops to local churches, helping them address misinformation and distrust within their communities. These workshops use existing structures in church congregations to provide space for people to learn information literacy skills as well as reflect on the ways their faith impacts their online habits. 

Rachel Wightman

Associate Director for Instruction and Outreach at Concordia University

Rachel Wightman is an academic librarian and a firm believer in connecting people to people and people to information. By day she is the Associate Director for Instruction and Outreach at Concordia University, St. Paul but during evenings and weekends, she has taken her passion for teaching to church congregations, offering workshops in news and information literacy.  She has worked in academic libraries both in the US and abroad and has always been drawn to teaching the most practical of information literacy skills. Whether in a college classroom or working with church congregations, she loves teaching people how to consume information wisely and engage mindfully in online spaces. 

Rachel I Wightman website

Oct. 14, 2021 – 11:00 AM-12:00 PM