University of Louisville Magazine

FALL 2017

The University of Louisville Alumni Magazine: for alumni, faculty, staff, students and anyone that is a UofL Cardinal fan.

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6 feedback UOFLMAGAZINE.COM O ver the last year, the public has heard a lot about the "fake news" crisis. Social media has made it easier than ever to spread false or misleading information to a mass audience, making it harder to sort fact from fiction, reality from deception. While unfounded rumors and outright lies are nothing new in politics, one of the great iro- nies of the digital age is that we have such an overwhelming amount of information avail- able that we often have trouble finding the good stuff. We are set adrift in a sea of propaganda, grasping for truth in a tweet storm. My colleagues and I at the University of Louisville Libraries are deeply concerned about the negative influence of inaccurate and manipulative information on the body politic. As information literacy experts and active participants in the university's educational community, we work with thousands of students every year, helping them become more critical consumers of information and discov- ering high-quality sources that allow them to formulate evidence-based arguments, create new knowledge and solve real-world problems. Through classes and consultations, we teach students from across disciplines to find information essential for their success. In the process, we encourage students to think carefully about their sources and adopt a crit- ical mindset, especially when confronted with information that sounds too good — or too bizarre — to be true. Librarians have also developed online tools that students and other patrons can use to determine the best resources and research strategies. We are excited to release our latest online tool, the "Research DIY" website available at library. Research DIY fea- tures visually appealing infographics, videos, and other materials to get students started with a wide variety of research tasks. Numer- ous studies indicate that students struggle with research, so Research DIY is one way we provide extra help, while also advancing infor- mation literacy goals. Our libraries are open to the public, and we encourage you to contact or visit us to learn more about how we are educating the next generation to navigate a complex information ecosystem. We also encourage you to become responsible consumers of information. Don't share stories that you haven't verified, and don't be dissuaded from using quality news sources with long-established reputations just because someone calls them "fake news." Robert Detmering Associate professor and Information Literacy Coordinator at University of Louisville Libraries We were pleased to hear the overwhelm- ing majority of readers felt the magazine strengthened your connection to the univer- sity. That means we're reaching one of our most important goals: to instill in you a sense of pride for Uof L. Uof L Magazine is yours. We want you to feel connected to the stories and images, to discover and share our university's accom- plishments. And because this magazine is for you, we made a few changes to the content and design to align with your ideas. You said you wanted more stories about student and faculty research. Our cover story highlights a project centered on preventing youth violence in our city. It's an endeavor led by students under the guidance of faculty in our School of Public Health and Information Sciences. You told us you were interested in our institutional history and traditions. So, we included a story about seven Uof L-related anniversaries in 2017. Your suggestions on what you want to read will continue to guide us through future issues, too. You're likely to notice a few changes to the look of the magazine as well. Ultimately, we want the people in the stories to shine through. So from the photography to the lay- out, our refreshed design puts our people front and center. The students, faculty, staff and alumni we feature in each issue — and you, our readers — are the heart of our university. We want to continue hearing your feedback. We encour- age you to send letters to the editor and let us know your thoughts. Meanwhile, enjoy this issue of Uof L Mag- azine. Share it with others. We are proud of the compelling stories of innovation and excellence that demonstrate how the univer- sity transforms lives on individual, local and global levels. We want you to be proud, too. #WeAreUof L — UofL Magazine editorial staff Don't be fooled by fakes opinion from the editors Dear Readers, This past spring, we conducted a readership survey to discover your thoughts about University of Louisville Magazine. Thank you to the more than 600 readers who responded. Your input was invaluable and helped tremendously as we worked to freshen up the magazine.

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