Posts Tagged ‘social media’


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.

ICPL announces February Classes for Adults

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on January 25th, 2017

Social media usage is the focus of February’s adult classes at the Iowa City Public Library.

“Facebook Tips and Tricks” is a class for current Facebook users. It will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 3, and again on 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. Come and learn how to get control of your timeline and home feed. Find new ways to connect on Facebook by creating an event or group.

“Social Media Safety: Protecting your Privacy Online” will discuss the advantages/disadvantages of using the privacy settings on several social networks. Learn how to adjust your settings and techniques for discovering information about you online. This class will be held on Monday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m.

Discover how to organize and use your Pinterest account to its fullest potential at “Pinterest Tips and Tricks.” This class will be offered on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 10 a.m. Learn how to search for boards using various search terms, follow and unfollow boards, make a secret pin board, and much more!

All classes for adults are held in the Library’s Computer Lab on the second floor. Classes are free, but registration is required. Register online here or by calling the Library at 319-356-5200.

Back for 2016’s Summer Reading Program: Instareviews!

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 8th, 2016

They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words. We’re looking for less than that.instareview_1

Once again we are asking for your book reviews on the Library’s Instagram account. Here’s how it works:

  • Take a picture of a book you finished reading.
  • Post it to your Instagram account with the #ICPLinstareview hashtag.
  • Write a short review of the book.

We’ll re-gram our favorite images. Then, at the end of June and July, we’ll choose one review from each month and that person will receive a $25 gift card to Prairie Lights!

Start reading, reviewing and discover new great reads!

ICPL is on Goodreads

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 29th, 2015

Did you ever wonder what ICPL employees read in their spare time? Or perhaps you saw a patron with an armful of books and wanted to know what they were reading, but couldn’t think of a this-isn’t-strange-at-all  way to ask.recommendations

Our ICPL recommendation boxes have you covered!

We have four boxes located throughout the Library (first floor book return, Children’s Room self-checkout area, new nonfiction shelf on the second floor, and the Koza Family Teen Center) for you to share your book, movie and music recommendations. We go through the boxes regularly (sometimes people leave us drawings or notes that say how much the love the Library; we love those!) and post the recommendations on our patrons-suggestions bookshelf on Goodreads.

We also have bookshelves with ICPL employee recommendations and reviews on the popular reading site, so friend us, follow us, and let’s get reading!

ICPL partners with Senior Center to Offer Computer Classes

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 6th, 2015

The Iowa City Public Library and the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center have joined together to offer computer classes to seniors in the Iowa City community this summer.

The classes will be offered at the Center, located at 28 S. Linn St., and taught by an ICPL Librarian. Four classes are scheduled in July and August.

In July, participants can learn how to protect their privacy and safety when online or using social media. “Social Media Safety: Protecting Your Privacy Online” will be offered at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 17. The class will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of privacy settings on several social networks and participants will learn how to adjust those settings.

This topic continues with “Internet Safety: Protecting Your Privacy Online” at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 31. Participants will learn strategies and skills to protect themselves and their privacy.

Classes on digital photo storage and online music sites will be covered in August. Each course will go over the major sites for digital photos and online music to help participants understand and ultimately choose a site they’d like to use in the future.

The online music course — “Introduction to Online Music” — will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 14. The digital photo course — “Digital Photos: Organizing, Sharing, and Basic Editing” — will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 21.

Each class will be held at the Senior Center. Classes are free, but space is limited. To register, call the Senior Center at (319) 356-5220. For questions about the classes, contact the Library at (319) 356-5200.

Instant book reviews on Instagram

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 1st, 2015

They say a picture is worth a 1,000 words. We’re looking for less than that.I

We launched #ICPLinstareview on the Library’s Instagram account today and need your reviews to make it awesome. Here’s how it works:

  • Take a picture of a book you finished reading.
  • Post it to your Instagram account with the #ICPLinstareview hashtag.
  • Write a short review of the book.

We’ll re-gram our favorite images. Then, at the end of July and August, we’ll choose one review from each month and that person will receive a $25 Downtown Iowa City gift card!

Start reading, reviewing and discover new great reads!

HELP IOWA CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY REACH 5,000 ‘LIKES’ ON FACEBOOK

by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on February 6th, 2014

Do you like the Iowa City Public Library? If so, “Like” us on Facebook!L

The Library recently launched a contest to reach 5,000 likes by February 14: Valentine’s Day.

“This is more than a contest,’” says Kara Logsden, the Library’s community and access services coordinator. “Our Facebook page has the Library’s latest news, program information, and book recommendations. We want our patrons to know what’s happening at their Library.”

But it should be fun, too. If the Library reaches its goal of 5,000 likes by Valentine’s Day, one Facebook friend will receive an ICPL prize package, which includes a T-Shirt, tote bag, and pencils.

One winner will be chosen at random. Individuals who are already Facebook fans will be included in the drawing.

To like the Library’s Facebook page, visit www.facebook.com/icpubliclibrary?ref=hl.