Title: Misinformation and Information Behavior: Challenges for Information Professionals
Abstract: Misinformation and disinformation are not new phenomena but are particularly concerning in the era of social media. This workshop will explore how mis- and dis-information spread, and how information behavior facilitates this spread, and challenges attempts to counter it. The potential roles of information professionals in mitigating mis- and dis-information will be explored.
Dr. Heidi Julien is a Professor in the Department of Information Science at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York (SUNY). Her research interests are interdisciplinary, with a focus on digital literacy and information behavior. She has been a visiting professor at the University of Malaysia, Swinburne University, the University of Pretoria, Charles Sturt University, and Beijing Normal University. She has served as editor and on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science, and on the editorial boards of Library & Information Science Research, and Cosmopolitan Civil Societies: An Interdisciplinary Journal. She currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Association for Library and Information Science, Pakistan Journal of Information Management and Libraries, and the Annual Review of Information Science and Technology, as well as the editorial advisory boards of Information and Learning Sciences, and Open Information Science. Dr. Julien is a past-president of the Association for Library & Information Science Education, and a past-president of the Canadian Association of Information Science. She is also active in the Association for Information Science & Technology, where she served as chair of SIG USE.