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

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Now Accepting Student Applications for $1000 Stipend – Deadline October 16

Every year, the Delaware Valley Chapter of the ACRL awards a stipend to support future academic librarians. A $1000 stipend will be awarded to a student enrolled in an ALA-accredited program to help offset the cost of educational expenses. Eligible applicants also must work or reside in the Chapter’s service area. To apply, please submit an essay on the following topic:

Using the ACRL’s Framework to Teach News Literacy

The Oxford Dictionary’s word of the year in 2016 was Post-Truth, defined as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.”

Libraries have long developed educational programming and collections that support critical thinking and informed decision-making. However, with the spread of misleading or fabricated stories through social media networks and the highly polarized politics of today, the way that people interact with the news has changed.

Our information landscape is evolving and librarians must develop new approaches to fostering healthy information practices and metaliteracy skills. Recognizing this need, the ACRL adopted the Framework of Information Literacy Instruction for Higher Education. In an essay, describe how the framework may be used to address the problems of a post-truth society.  

Word Count: 500 – 1000

Deadline: Monday, October 16 2017

Please send submission to

Greetings from the President

Wishing all members a great start to another academic year!

The 2017-18 chapter officers  met over the summer to discuss goals and initiatives for the year. In addition to continuing the successful programs already established, we plan to offer new networking and educational opportunities and hope to hear from membership about the types of programs that would be most valuable.

I would like to take an opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of the 2016-2017 Board under the leadership of Martha Stevenson.

Student Stipend
In November, the Chapter awarded Alexandra Wilder a $1,000 stipend in support of her MLIS studies at Drexel University.

Fall Program
Also in November, the chapter hosted the program, CritLib:Theory and Action at Swarthmore College with presentations  on the intersections of identity, social justice, and professional practice.

ACRL DVC Student Scholarship
Julianna Pakstis
In April, the Chapter awarded MLIS student Julianna Pakstis a scholarship to attend the ACRL annual conference in Baltimore. Read her conference report.


leadership reception

Leaders Reception at ACRL Annual Conference
For the first time, the Chapter collaborated with the Maryland Chapter of the ACRL to host a leadership reception at the annual conference. The event was a success thanks to the generous donations of 26 organizations and individuals.

I would also like to recognize the chapter officers who completed their time on the board this past May: Cathy Ogur, University of Pennsylvania;  Anne Schwelm, Cabrini College; Pamela Harris, Swarthmore College; Christina McCawley, West Chester University; and Kristyna Carroll.

What Can You Do Now?

We have a terrific fall program planned and will be posting information soon, so be on the lookout. In the meantime, please take a moment to join or renew your chapter membership  and consider participating in our Mentor Program

If you have ideas you wish to share or are interested in becoming more involved in the organization, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Nancy Bellafante, Chapter President