Posts Tagged ‘news’

Free access to the New York Times!

by Melody Dworak on March 16th, 2018

New York Times Digital AccessNever hit a paywall again with your Iowa City Public Library card! We are pleased to announce that residents now have free access to the New York Times website anywhere, anytime. From quick news updates to deep dives into a topic, The New York Times keeps you up-to-date on what you need to know.

You will need an access code to use this resource. You must also live in Iowa City, Hills, Lone Tree, University Heights, or rural Johnson County. Further details can be found on the New York Times resource page on the ICPL website. Happy reading!

Edit: This access is available through the Digital Johnson County collections we share with the Coralville Public Library and the North Liberty Community Library. That means that Coralville residents can get free access through the CPL website, using their CPL card, and North Liberty residents use the NLCL website with their NLCL card.

ICPL to host Teen Fanfiction Event

by Lyndey Kelly on January 29th, 2018

OTP, Fluff, Ships, AU, Fanon, Plotbunny: Do these terms mean anything to you? If so, you might already be into fanfiction, or fiction written by a fan of a particular TV series, book, movie, or anime. Fanfiction picks up where the original leaves off by exploring the fictional worlds and beloved characters in greater detail than ever dreamed possible by its creator. Millions of fanfiction short stories, poems, songs, and novels have already been written about popular fandoms such as Harry Potter, the Avengers, Naruto, and Doctor Who. This do-it-yourself genre provides the characters and you provide the creativity!

Interested in giving fanfiction a try? ICPL’s Teen Services is hosting a fanfiction event from 6-8p.m. on Wednesday, January 31st in Meeting Room E. Open to students in grades 7-12, “Fanfiction Addiction” is an opportunity to explore fanfiction and meet fellow fans. We will play improvisational writing games, watch fan-made videos, discuss our favorite fandoms, eat snacks, and share fanfiction.

“Fanfiction Addiction” is a free event. For more information, call the Library at 319-356-5200.

Evaluating News Sources

by Maeve Clark on February 7th, 2017

Fake news. Alternative facts.  The post-truth world.   In this rapid-fire world of social media, how do yohow-to-spot-fake-newsu know which sources to trust and which to dismiss?  First of all, ask us. Librarians have been teaching information literacy for as long as there have been libraries.  The International Federation of Library Associations infographic and blog post can help you make educated decisions in evaluating news sources, (and Internet sites in general). Be wary of clickbait, those eye-catching and provocative headlines can lure you in but what you find when you click may be of no substance at all.  If you aren’t familiar with an author, do a search.  What else has he or she written and which publications or online sites publish his or her work? Another clue the credibility of a source is the date.  And older article can, of course, be relevant, but can also be misleading.   And don’t forget to check your bias.

On the Media, a WNYC program which airs on Iowa Public Radio, offers guidance on assessing the credibility of a source onthemedialn-blog480of fast breaking news.  Anonymous sources are a red flag.   If something doesn’t ring true, trust your instincts and find another credible source or two to confirm the original story or prove it wrong.    The American Press Institute lists six questions to ask yourself when determining whether or not what you are reading is trustworthy.    They suggest you evaluate what type of content you are reading.  Is it an advertisement or opinion piece or is it a rigorously researched investigative article.  Look for what sources are cited to buttress the piece – are they credible?  Does the article or post tell the whole story or do find yourself  asking what is missing.

If you want to read more about how Americans consume news, the Pew Research on Journalism and Media has been studying how media is consumed for years.  The results of their most recent surveys are sobering.  If you have questions about a news source,  ask a librarian.  We are ready to help you.