Friday, March 28, 2014

Is Wikipedia Replacing Libraries?

After going over the readings for class this week, I was curious as to what librarians' feelings about Wikipedia might be. I was also interested in finding out more about Wikipedia from more current sources. In my search for information, I came across an interesting blog post and infographic shared by Dorotea Szkolar, an alumna of the i-school at Syracuse: Is Wikipedia Replacing Libraries? This blog post addresses the fairly common assertion that Wikipedia is replacing libraries and traditional scholarly journals for research among high school and college-age students, and I think the results are well worth reading and discussing. Clearly, use of Wikipedia isn't just affecting scholarship in the field of history (the focus of most of our readings for the week) or just in the production of the Wikipedia resource itself, but it was interesting to note the problems with the assumptions and the infographic from a research standpoint, as well.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Note: Only a member of this blog may post a comment.