Enlightening and Inspiring Generations with Generations of Ideas

I can’t help but imagine how many people’s lives have been changed by 100 years of reading your books.  …  I remember how it felt as a child walking into that quiet room and realizing that I could go just about anywhere I wanted.  That room was an escape from the world, and, at the same time a window onto any part of the universe that I chose to explore.  …  I still feel a sense of possibility and experience a feeling that time has stopped when I walk into a library.  I usually don’t have a particular book in mind, but like to wander around and see what I can discover.

Steve Jenkins
to the LaSalle Public Library on the occasion of the Library's Centennial Celebration, 2007

Noise vs. News: What's Your Source? (Videos)

Noise vs. News is a collaborative project between Illinois Valley Community College’s Jacobs Library and LaSalle Library.  Offered on every Thursday, in April, Noise vs. News will bring scholars, journalists, and the public, together, in an exploration of professional and public responsibilities related to establishing truth in news, and using that knowledge as a first step in finding common ground. In this important and timely series, program topics will include the First Amendment and its protections, “fake” news detection, the ethics of journalism, and the importance of truth and courage in maintaining a democracy. 


For closed captioned videos, click here (you will be sent to a playlist)

Click on the links below to view each video separately.  Some of these videos are not closed captioned.  If you would like closed captioned, view the playlist above. Thanks!

The First Amendment & the Free Press (April 6th, 2017)
presented by Amanda Cook Fesperman, IVCC
"The First Amendment & the Free Press

Online Journalism and the Proliferation of Fake News (April 13th, 2017)
presented by Bill Cassidy, NIU
"Online Journalism and the Proliferation of Fake News" 

The Allure of Fake News: Journalism, Ethics, and Critical Thinking
(April 29th, 2017) 
Presented by Stephanie Craft, U of I Urbana-Champaign
The Allure of Fake News: Journalism, Ethics, and Critical Thinking

At each of the events there will be an audience question and answer session.  All four events are free and open to the public.  Funding for “Noise vs. News” is made possible through a grant from the Reaching Across Illinois Library System.