Session Reports for the Fall 2017 Program

ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter, Fall 2017 Program

Fact, False, or Just Flawed:
Critically Examining News in the Age of Truthiness
November 17, 2017
at University of Pennsylvania

Sessions Reports

Program Description

The current political climate has called into question basic ideals of information quality. Objectivity, bias, opinion, fact, and evidence are thrown into question at every turn. The old standbys for teaching source evaluation now seem insufficient. So how do we teach our students to be smart and ethical information consumers and producers? We heard from media scholars and journalists about professional practices and principles and the impact of technology and other forces that shape the news. We  also heard from librarians who are using innovative methods for teaching students to critically examine sources of information.


Pamela Newkirk, Professor of Journalism and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, New York University

View Session Report by Carol Howe

Expert Panel

Tom Ipri (Moderator), Associate Director for Public Services & Programming, St. Joseph’s University

Mark Dent, Reporter, Billy Penn and Politifact: Pennsylvania Edition

Sarah Hartman-Caverly, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Delaware County Community College

Vanessa Schipani, Annenberg Public Policy Center and Science Writer for

John L Sullivan, Associate Professor of Media & Communication, Muhlenberg College

View Session Report by Penny Lochner

Lightning Round

Group 1

Humorous Accounts of Fake News — Why They’re Not So Funny by Lane Glisson, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY

Muckraking 2.gonz0: Reframing Alt-Media by  Sarah Hartman-Caverly, Delaware County Community College

Balancing act: Making a small shift to complicate an evaluation activity by Jennifer Jarson, Penn State Lehigh Valley

Power and privilege in media and research: A new First Year Seminar by Joanna Gadsby and Katy Sullivan, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Internet fakery is a many-splendored thing: teaching first-year students about digital dangers by Jasmine Woodson, Lehigh University

View Session Report by Jess Denke

Group 2

Digital Media Literacy Workshop Series by Vickie Karasic, University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Memes & Learning by Mariya Zharova, Former Research Fellow at Drexel ExCITe Center

The Tequila Diet: Using Questionable Health Claims to Teach Undergraduates about Fake News by Alex Pfundt, Bryn Mawr College

Source Cards for Critical Consumption of Information: Active Learning for Digital Natives by Jess Denke, Muhlenberg College

Examining Bias and Objectivity in Journalism by Eleanor Goldberg, Delaware County Community College

View Session Report by Jessica Brangiel

What’s new in your library? We want to know!

We want to hear from you! Share with other chapter members what’s new at your library.

Tell us about library initiatives, hires and promotions, retirements, honors and awards. We will post the information right here on the ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter blog.

This form is also available online 

Spring Program: April 20, 2018

cheryl middletonSave the Date for the Delaware Valley Chapter’s spring program on campus partnerships!

Friday, April 20, 2018
Muhlenberg College

The board is thrilled that Cheryl Ann Middleton has accepted our invitation to be the program’s keynote speaker. Ms. Middleton is the President of the ACRL & Associate University Librarian for Research & Scholarly Communication at Oregon State University Libraries.  Read the ACRL 2016 Profile  of Ms. Middleton.

Abigail Shelton, MLSIS student, Receives $1,000 Award from ACRL DVC

Congratulations to Abigail Shelton, an MLIS graduate student at Drexel University, for winning this year’s $1,000.00 ACRL DVC stipend! Ms. Shelton is interested in digital libraries, archives, and reference and instruction.  She has an M.A. in Early American history from Binghamton University, SUNY and works at the American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia.

Each year applicants for the stipend must respond to an essay prompt. This year’s prompt required students to consider how the IL framework could be used to address the challenges of a post-truth society. Ms. Shelton’s response included emphasis on library partnerships and student exposure to diverse perspectives in library instruction.

Ms. Shelton’s full response to the essay prompt is included below. Continue reading “Abigail Shelton, MLSIS student, Receives $1,000 Award from ACRL DVC”

Fall Program Lightning Talks – Slides Added

Friday,  November 17, is our fall program on news literacy…

Fact, False, or Just Flawed: Critically Examining the News in the Age of Truthiness



And we can’t wait to hear from our lightning round presenters! Continue reading “Fall Program Lightning Talks – Slides Added”

Board Meeting Minutes- October 2017

10/19/2017 ACRL DVC Board Meeting Minutes

In attendance: Nancy Bellafante, Sarah Wingo. Ellie Goldberg, Jessica Brangiel. Jess Denke. Carol Howe. Stephanie Pennucci, Paul Proces.

September meeting minutes  approved.  They will be posted to the blog.  

Next board meeting will be Friday, November 10, 2017.  This is the final board meeting before the fall program and will be held virtually.  Meeting time – 3pm.  

  • Going forward board meetings will be held mostly virtually as long as there are no board member objections.  A face to face meeting isn’t ruled out to be held say in the summer.  
  • Voting board members were asked to read and vote on student essays by Wednesday, October 26th.  Jess will follow up with the essay winner.  
  • After obtaining permission from the student essay winner Penny will post the winning essay to the blog.  The selected student will also be recognized at the fall program.  

Spring 2018 program:

  • Topic will be on communication and outreach.  Muhlenberg is set for the location.  We would like to announce the date at the spring program.  Is there enough time to pull together a membership committee to plan the spring program?  Might be better to secure a committee of members to plan the next fall (2018) program instead
  • Nancy will follow up with Penny regarding spring program dates at Muhlenberg
  • ACRL speakers bureau:
    • ACRL will send a national board member to come speak at a chapter program, application needs to be submitted soon.  Can we incorporate the themes of the ACRL speaker into the spring meeting?

Fall program:

  • We now have four panelists, latest edition is John Sullivan, Muhlenberg professor who studies mass media and influence on political discourse.  
  • Nancy has followed up with Tom Ipri, moderator for the panel.  He would find it helpful if questions were provided to him in advance.  Ellie and Nancy will follow up with Tom further.  
  • Questions will be provided to panelists by November 1.  Ellie will start a Google doc to which all board members can contribute questions.  
  • Catering is set, several vegetarian options.   
  • The PaLA grant was approved.  Jess is handling the paper program for the event.
  • Caterers need a week’s notice for final head count.  Cut off date for registration will be November 10th.  We have 39 signed up as of 10/19/17.  
  • We need a volunteer to be the lightning round moderator/timer (make signs.)   
  • Event streaming is a possibility but at $100 per hour.  Event recording is $80 per hour.  Not included in event tech fee.  Is this something we want to gauge interest in as a possibility for the spring program?  Do we charge participants?  
  • Lightning talks
    •  The board decided to extend the submission deadline to October 30th.  Board members should reach out to colleagues and encourage submissions relevant to the topic.
    • Jessica will send out to the membership list as well with the updated submission deadline.  For all board members who sent out notices to lists please send out the updated submission deadline.  

Membership meeting agenda items for fall program meeting:

    • Jess will talk more at the fall meeting about student stipend award, the mentorship program and resume review
    • The spring program will be announced.
    • Ellie will give a financial update.
    • We would like to get feedback from members as to what kind of activities they are interested in the chapter pursuing.  Jess will add a simple tear off sheet to the program with a few questions asking for feedback.  ACRL Maryland provides small opportunities for engagement for example journal club.  This wouldn’t be a recurring commitment  – one article/one meeting.  

November 10, 2017, 3PM next meeting to be held virtually. 

Board Meeting Minutes- September 2017

September 21, 2017

Attending – Nancy Bellafante, Stephanie Pennucci, Jessica Brangiel, Leslie O’Neill, Paul Proces, Jess Denke, Penny Lochner, Ellie Goldberg

  • Introductions – Leslie O’Neill is the new archivist for ACRL DVC.
  • Approved Aug 17 Meeting Minutes. Will start posting meeting minutes to the blog beginning with September minutes (after approval at October meeting). 
  • November Meeting Change (11/8 or 11/9) – most likely will be on Nov 9th. (Rescheduled from 11/16 because fall program is 11/17.)
  • Financial Report – Finances in good shape. Ellie can send out a financial report to anyone on the Board.  
  • Mentorship Program
    • Current mentors- we now have 20 confirmed mentors. Jess is working on reaching mentees. She discussed extending the program to early career and/or librarians that are changing careers.
    • What is the best way to reach new librarians?  Jess will contact library schools and promote the mentorship program at the fall program member meeting.
    • For anyone contacting LIS programs regarding the student stipend also promote the mentee program at the same time.  
    • Jess proposed ACRL DVC set up a table at local library schools functions when possible.  
    • Contact Drexel, Rutgers and look to promote the mentorship program at library student group events.  
  • Student Stipend Scholarship Award
    • The board decided to relate the essay prompt to the fall program topic.  Call for entries from students to go out soon.  Will send to Drexel, Rutgers, use social media, and blog post. Deadline for entries is October 16th.  
  • Fall Program
    • The Board discussed the purpose/learning outcomes for the fall program.  Nancy to provide additional guidance to the keynote presenter for her talk.  
    • The Board will advertise lightning talks and get the word out right away for submissions.  
    • Ellie will draft the registration page and send to the Board for testing.  
    • All Board members to sign up to post to listservs for registration and lightning talks.
    • Our panel moderator is Tom Ipri – he will be put in touch with panelists ahead of time so they can review questions. 
  • Nancy is working on a grant application to PaLA College & Research Libraries section
  • The Board started to discuss 2017-18 Initiatives – topics included increasing membership, increasing member engagement.

Next meeting October 19, 2017 – University of Pennsylvania Law School

Current Opportunities for MLIS Students

Now is a great time for MLIS students who live, work, or go to school in the Delaware Valley to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the Delaware Valley Chapter of the ACRL.

A mentoring program is in place with mentors waiting to provide support and advice.  Our mentors work in a variety of roles in higher education.  Sign up to be matched with a mentor and receive the invaluable support of an experienced colleague.

Additionally, DVC is currently accepting applications for a $1000 stipend to help offset the cost of educational expenses for an ALA-accredited program.  Applicants must write an essay on news literacy, which is also the topic of the upcoming Fall program – Fact, False, or Just Flawed:  Critically Examining News in the Age of Truthiness.   Interested in attending the Fall program? Students receive a discounted price on program registration and a one-year free membership, so getting involved as a student is a great idea!

The Delaware Valley Chapter is committed to helping future librarians. If you have any questions, please contact

ACRL DVC Fall Program: Fact, False, or Just Flawed: Critically Examining the News in the Age of Truthiness

Has the news kept you up at night this year? Join us to learn more about the current news environment and teaching news literacy at the ACRL DVC Fall program: Fact, False, or Just Flawed: Critically Examining the News in the Age of Truthiness

Date: Friday, November 17
Location: University of Pennsylvania Law School
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Registration – closed Continue reading “ACRL DVC Fall Program: Fact, False, or Just Flawed: Critically Examining the News in the Age of Truthiness”

ACRL DVC Fall Program Lightning Round: Call for Presenters

Have you developed a new campus partnership, program, or resource that addresses news literacy? The ACRL Delaware Valley Chapter is now accepting lightning round proposals for its Fall program: Fact, False, or Just Flawed.
The program will be held on Friday, November 17, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. (Fall program information available here) Continue reading “ACRL DVC Fall Program Lightning Round: Call for Presenters”