UNESCO to host webinar on how archives, libraries and museums can combat disinfodemic amid COVID-19

UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme and the Section for Media and Information Literacy and Media Development are organizing a webinar on “how archives, libraries and museums can help combat the disinfodemic amid COVID-19”, scheduled on 27 August at 4pm CET. The webinar will feature an international lineup of experts in the fields of information science, library studies, records management and audience engagement for cultural organizations (see the information leaflet below).

Participants can join via ZOOM, using the following registration link or tune in via MIL CLICKS Facebook page, where the webinar will be broadcast live and then available to view at any time.

The lockdowns resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic spurred the need for accurate and reliable information about the nature and impact of the global health crisis that continues to unfold. As people clamoured for such information, there also arose inaccurate and unreliable information, spawning both an infodemic and, in some cases, a disinfodemic.

Caught up in the frontline were memory institutions, as they sought to diffuse accurate and reliable information for use by policymakers, citizens, the media, and other stakeholders.

As the efforts of such memory institutions continue, UNESCO seeks to amplify their voices through a webinar focusing on how archives, libraries and museums continue to combat the spread of the disinfodemic embedded in the current crisis.

The event takes place within the framework of UNESCO’s Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue University Network (MILID) Response to COVID-19 webinar series.

To view the previous joint webinar on “What can we learn from past pandemics? Taking a historical perspective to enhance MIL among youth”, click here.