Libraries as institutions focus on providing access to reliable information. In times of crisis, information is often disseminated faster than it can be verified, challenged or even read in some cases (e.g. major legislation that is hundreds of pages long, major reports written for experts, etc). Your library is a good place to start to get reliable and timely information. Librarians are professionals who vett sources and provide access to scholarly and popular publications that are reliable and useful for productive research. As such, using library resources for your investigation into COVID-19 or other matters that affect your life is a good way to avoid disinformation. The library organizations listed below coordinate best practices and help determine the broader response to everything from natural disasters to regular shifts in policy.
One important aspect of information literacy is the idea of information seeking and how it satisfies fundimental human needs. Among these is a need to relieve anxiety. In our current environment it is easy to see how in our efforts to relieve anxiety, we may be predisposed to believe subjective or innaccurate sources that tamp down on these feelings or reinforce already closely-held beliefs over things that provide objective information that might not necessarily give us comfort. To this end, understanding information seeking as a process can be helpful. There are various models for information seeking. One important model proposed by Carol Kuhlthau is especially popular, though there are several others (see a truncated version of her model below or a more thorough one here).
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