Librarians must go forth

1 10 2008

Yet another reason that librarians cannot just sit at their desks and expect to do their job emerged in Lifehack’s post about where to go for answers on the Internet. It overlooks libraries completely.

Do we just sit and take it? No, lets go to those places and answer questions and make it clear that we are librarians. Someone on the LITA (Library and Information Technology Association) listserv initiated a day for librarians to go to Yahoo Answers and answer questions. This should be an effort joined by many librarians.

The article in Information Today’s blog, Putting the Library in Wikipedia, advocated adding relevant and authoritative references to Wikipedia articles. This way we can add value to a resource that people are already using and direct people to quality resources.  This method also matches the accepted practice and culture of the Wikipedia community who will delete items that do not fit those guidelines.

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