Wikis, Librarianship, and Information

Wikis have brought us many great ideas and new ways of doing the same old thing. I like Wikipedia for its ever changing information and the sheer volume of content. I do not, however, turn to Wikipedia when I want reliable information. I do use it for quick look-ups and scans in the same way I use my Google Toolbar to find correct spellings and small bits of information. Karen over at Free Range Librarian has a nice essay on Wikipedia, information, and what it means to be a “gatekeeper” that does not keep the gate closed. She makes the point that reading, learning, and information can be anywhere or at any time. The user should be able to choose the subject and, because we all have distict origins, should be able to take information and make it our own. Start your short work week off right and read it. Go on.

Society says education is to be endured through endless hours in dolorous classrooms; librarianship says reading is a joy. Do it in the library, in your home, on a streetcar, on a blanket at the beach. Read novels and histories and joke books and newspapers and People and American Scholar. Read blogs all day. Write blogs all day. Read the last page of every John Cheever story. Play podcasts backwards. Read two books a day or one a year. Go for it!

Jane, loves reading