Infodemics: The Role of Librarians in Countering Fake News


Author(s): Madukwe A*

This paper explores how the field of librarianship can help counteract the phenomenon of Infodemics, fake news, disinformation and misinformation. Thereby, describing the major characteristics of an infodemic, which involves an abhorrent overflow of junks, typically from unreliable sources and spreads with such fervency that it creates chaos. Thereby, combining an inordinately high volume of information (leading to problems relating to locating the information, storage capacity, ensuring quality, visibility and validity) and rapid output (making it hard to assess its value and lead to a waste of effort). This cumulates to the collateral growth of misinformation, disinformation and Malinformation.

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