Librarians on the verge of an epistemological breakdown

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Librarians on the verge of an epistemological breakdown
Authors: Claire Gunnels [edit item]
Citation: Community & Junior College Libraries 14 (2): 111-20. 2007.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1300/02763910802139371.
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Librarians on the verge of an epistemological breakdown is a publication by Claire Gunnels.


[edit] Abstract

During the enlightenment of eighteenth-century France, the encyclopedists created a systematic compilation of all human knowledge in order to dispel current disinformation imposed by kings and clergy. The resultant Encyclopedie has been considered the turning point of the enlightenment, where knowledge became power and the power was made accessible to the people. This article explores the digital phenomenon of Web 2.0 and questions whether we are experiencing another epistemological shift similar to the Encyclopedie. It then discusses teaching information literacy and gives practical ways for community college librarians to incorporate Wikipedia, Google, and other digital sources into their instruction to teach research skills and critical thinking.

[edit] Research questions

"In this article, we explore this digital phenomenon from a community college librarian’s point of view. We discuss information literacy and give practical ways for librarians to incorporate Wikipedia, Google, and other digital sources into their instruction to teach research skills and critical thinking."

Research details

Topics: Epistemology, Cross-domain student readership, Student information literacy [edit item]
Domains: Library science [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Case [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Conceptual [edit item]
Data source: N/A [edit item]
Collected data time dimension: N/A [edit item]
Unit of analysis: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia data extraction: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia page type: N/A [edit item]
Wikipedia language: Not specified [edit item]

[edit] Conclusion

"However, today this sounds like the way one librarian describes Wikipedia: “Wikipedia is a great starting point. It’s a lesson in research methodology, a fun way to share expertise, and a groundbreaking new way of working. Its consensus model represents a shift in management styles and away from hierarchical organization. You might say that Wikipedia is Zen-like. Its ever-changing nature means that when you read it, you are completely in the moment. And its collective brain is like a conscious universe in which we all are one.”21 If this prediction is correct, then the web today has us tumbling down the rabbit hole and emerging in a new research landscape. And, indeed, we are ready and are proud to be college librarians. Remember the naysayers of the nineties who forecast the demise of the library? Instead, librarians are embracing the new digital era, redefining it and now leading it. By teaching information literacy skills in new and perhaps outlandish ways, we are ensuring a quality next generation of information users and creators."

[edit] Comments

"Wikipedia a starting point towards a new way for teaching information literacy skills that improves the quality of both information users and creators."


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AbstractDuring the enlightenment of eighteenth-cenDuring the enlightenment of eighteenth-century France, the encyclopedists created a systematic compilation of all human knowledge in order to dispel current disinformation imposed by kings and clergy. The resultant Encyclopedie has been considered the turning point of the enlightenment, where knowledge became power and the power was made accessible to the people. This article explores the digital phenomenon of Web 2.0 and questions whether we are experiencing another epistemological shift similar to the Encyclopedie. It then discusses teaching information literacy and gives practical ways for community college librarians to incorporate Wikipedia, Google, and other digital sources into their instruction to teach research skills and critical thinking.ach research skills and critical thinking.
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Collected data time dimensionN/A +
CommentsWikipedia a starting point towards a new way for teaching information literacy skills that improves the quality of both information users and creators.
ConclusionHowever, today this sounds like the way onHowever, today this sounds like the way one librarian describes Wikipedia:

“Wikipedia is a great starting point. It’s a lesson in research methodology, a fun way to share expertise, and a groundbreaking new way of working. Its consensus model represents a shift in management styles and away from hierarchical organization. You might say that Wikipedia is Zen-like. Its ever-changing nature means that when you read it, you are completely in the moment. And its collective brain is like a conscious universe in which we all are one.”21 If this prediction is correct, then the web today has us tumbling down the rabbit hole and emerging in a new research landscape. And, indeed, we are ready and are proud to be college librarians. Remember the naysayers of the nineties who forecast the demise of the library? Instead, librarians are embracing the new digital era, redefining it and now leading it. By teaching information literacy skills in new and perhaps outlandish ways, we are ensuring a quality next generation of information users and creators.eration of information

users and creators.
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Doi10.1300/02763910802139371 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Librarians%2Bon%2Bthe%2Bverge%2Bof%2Ban%2Bepistemological%2Bbreakdown%22 +
Has authorClaire Gunnels +
Has domainLibrary science +
Has topicEpistemology +, Cross-domain student readership + and Student information literacy +
Issue2 +
Pages111-20 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inCommunity & Junior College Libraries +
Research designConceptual +
Research questionsIn this article, we explore this digital pIn this article, we explore this digital phenomenon from a community

college librarian’s point of view. We discuss information literacy and give practical ways for librarians to incorporate Wikipedia, Google, and other digital sources into their instruction to teach research skills and critical thinking.ach research skills and

critical thinking.
Revid11,174 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleLibrarians on the verge of an epistemological breakdown
Unit of analysisN/A +
Urlhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1300/02763910802139371 +
Volume14 +
Wikipedia coverageCase +
Wikipedia data extractionN/A +
Wikipedia languageNot specified +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2007 +