Various memes have been flying around this week, as April Fool’s Day came and went, and some of them have meaning for libraries and the critical consumption-of-information habits we try to instill. The gist of many is: Isn’t it funny that for this one day people don’t believe everything they read? Here’s one:
April 1 isn’t the only day we in the information literacy field poke fun at people’s reluctance to be active, critical users of information. This one isn’t particular to April Fool’s Day:
And, did you know April 2 is International Fact-Checking Day? Don’t take our word for it, check out the International Fact-Checking Network’s page: International Fact-Checking Day or the Poynter Institute’s newsletter post about it, with activities and fun facts 😉 . If you forgot to celebrate on April 2, don’t worry, you can appreciate and seek facts every day! For fun and enlightenment, here’s a fact-checking quiz you can take.
Just in case you clicked on the April Fool’s link hoping for some humor, here’s a whole bunch of library-related April Fool’s fun:
April Foolswatch: Our favorite pranks and hoaxes
from the American Library Association