[Libs-Or] Is there a reader guide on How to Evaluate Covid-19 Resources?

Penelope Hummel penny at pennyhummel.com
Mon Mar 30 13:44:43 PDT 2020

Greetings, everybody!  


This is an excellent podcast discussion of the issue, from the respected media source On the Media:  https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/armchair-virology-goes-viral?fbclid=IwAR0GX9t3owzCQGNHKf4n4Q4CBO5aet2ObpxwaVsRPqGupDvWs593Vy2FsKM



Penny Hummel

Penny Hummel Consulting

penny at pennyhummel.com






From: Libs-Or <libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us> on behalf of Arlene Weible via Libs-Or <libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>
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Date: Monday, March 30, 2020 at 1:35 PM
To: Laura Orr <laurathelawlib at gmail.com>, "libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us" <libs-or at listsmart.osl.state.or.us>
Subject: Re: [Libs-Or] Is there a reader guide on How to Evaluate Covid-19 Resources?


Hi Laura:

The State Library’s guide links to a good summary article from Programming Librarian: 

The Facts: Fighting Fake News in the Pandemic - https://programminglibrarian.org/articles/facts-fighting-fake-news-pandemic


Based on what you are describing, perhaps this infographic from IFLA might work? https://www.ifla.org/publications/node/11174 It has the advantage of being in multiple languages!


Another source that is “official” is the mythbusters site from WHO: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public/myth-busters It has some good graphics that might be good to use in social media settings like Next Door. 



Arlene Weible, MLS

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Oregon Federal Regional Depository Coordinator

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COVID-19 info: https://libguides.osl.state.or.us/coronavirus






From: Libs-Or [mailto:libs-or-bounces at listsmart.osl.state.or.us] On Behalf Of Laura Orr
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Have any of you come across any good reader guides on How to Evaluate Covid-19 Websites and Resources?


Our neighborhood (and city and state) social media is filling up with lists and recommendations of and links to articles, websites, etc., most with little attention paid to the source or currency of the information.


I've looked at a few of the Resources for Librarians, but haven't seen anything that meets my needs. Some have come close, e.g. warnings about c-19 misinformation, but not quite what I need or have in mind.


I think I'm looking for something like the simple 1 or 2 page handouts on How to Evaluate a Wikipedia Article or How to Evaluate a News Source.


It also needs to be something that is on a reliable / official source webpage, so I can link to it from a website, NextDoor, Twitter, etc.


I have been looking at the excellent info at the State Library of Oregon, but maybe I've missed something in the wealth of resources listed there: https://libguides.osl.state.or.us/coronavirus/home


I could make my own but I suspect someone has already created one and I don't need to reinvent the wheel. I have started compiling a list of reliable and official resources that I share with neighbors, but that's still unofficial. (I am willing to share if anyone wants to combine lists.)


Many thanks!




Laura Orr, JD, MLS
Legal research and public law library consultant
Email: laurathelawlib at gmail.com
Oregon Legal Research: http://blog.oregonlegalresearch.com/

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