Librarian perception of Wikipedia: threats or opportunities for librarianship?

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Librarian perception of Wikipedia: threats or opportunities for librarianship?
Authors: Brendan Luyt, Yasmin Ally, Nur Hakim Low, Norah Binte Ismail [edit item]
Citation: LIBRI 60 (1): 57-64. 2010 January.
Publication type: Journal article
Peer-reviewed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1515/libr.2010.005.
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Librarian perception of Wikipedia: threats or opportunities for librarianship? is a publication by Brendan Luyt, Yasmin Ally, Nur Hakim Low, Norah Binte Ismail.


[edit] Abstract

The rapid rise of Wikipedia as an information source has placed the traditional role of librarians as information gatekeepers and guardians under scrutiny with much of the professional literature suggesting that librarians are polarized over the issue of whether Wikipedia is a useful reference tool. This qualitative study examines the perceptions and behaviours of National Library Board {(NLB)} of Singapore librarians with regards to information seeking and usage of Wikipedia. It finds that instead of polarized attitudes, most librarians, although cautious about using Wikipedia in their professional capacity, hold a range of generally positive attitudes towards the online en-cyclopaedia, believing that it has a valid role to play in the information seeking of patrons today. This is heartening because it suggests the existence within the librarian population of attitudes that can be tapped to engage constructively with Wikipedia. Three of these in particular are briefly discussed at the end of the article: Wikipedia's ability to appeal to the socalled digital natives its role as a source of {non-Western} information, and its potential to enable a revitalization of the role of librarians as public intellectuals contributing to a democratic information commons.

[edit] Research questions

"In this article we report on a study of librarians’ responses to Wikipedia. The study uses a qualitative approach to tease out the range of responses librarians are developing towards this profoundly revolutionary technology, rather than produce conclusions of statistical significance and generalisability."

Research details

Topics: Knowledge source for scholars and librarians, Reader perceptions of credibility [edit item]
Domains: Library science [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
Wikipedia coverage: Main topic [edit item]
Theories: "Undetermined" [edit item]
Research design: Discourse analysis [edit item]
Data source: Interview responses [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

"This leads to a final point, a reflection on the finding that many of the librarians viewed Wikipedia as an opportunity for the profession rather than a threat. A majority sees the profession as having continued relevance to the information-seeking public based on two key pillars: complex and critical information needs still require the services of librarians; and there are opportunities for collaboration and participation in Wikipedia and other platforms that hold the promise of promoting the credibility of librarians."

[edit] Comments

"" many of the librarians viewed Wikipedia as an opportunity for the profession rather than a threat.""


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AbstractThe rapid rise of Wikipedia as an informatThe rapid rise of Wikipedia as an information source has placed the traditional role of librarians as information gatekeepers and guardians under scrutiny with much of the professional literature suggesting that librarians are polarized over the issue of whether Wikipedia is a useful reference tool. This qualitative study examines the perceptions and behaviours of National Library Board {(NLB)} of Singapore librarians with regards to information seeking and usage of Wikipedia. It finds that instead of polarized attitudes, most librarians, although cautious about using Wikipedia in their professional capacity, hold a range of generally positive attitudes towards the online en-cyclopaedia, believing that it has a valid role to play in the information seeking of patrons today. This is heartening because it suggests the existence within the librarian population of attitudes that can be tapped to engage constructively with Wikipedia. Three of these in particular are briefly discussed at the end of the article: Wikipedia's ability to appeal to the socalled digital natives its role as a source of {non-Western} information, and its potential to enable a revitalization of the role of librarians as public intellectuals contributing to a democratic information commons.uting to a democratic information commons.
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Collected data time dimensionN/A +
Comments" many of the librarians viewed Wikipedia as an opportunity for the profession rather than a threat."
ConclusionThis leads to a final point, a reflection This leads to a final point, a reflection on the finding

that many of the librarians viewed Wikipedia as an opportunity for the profession rather than a threat. A majority sees the profession as having continued relevance to the information-seeking public based on two key pillars: complex and critical information needs still require the services of librarians; and there are opportunities for collaboration and participation in Wikipedia and other platforms that hold

the promise of promoting the credibility of librarians.
f promoting the credibility of librarians.
Data sourceInterview responses +
Doi10.1515/libr.2010.005 +
Google scholar urlhttp://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Librarian%2Bperception%2Bof%2BWikipedia%3A%2Bthreats%2Bor%2Bopportunities%2Bfor%2Blibrarianship%3F%22 +
Has authorBrendan Luyt +, Yasmin Ally +, Nur Hakim Low + and Norah Binte Ismail +
Has domainLibrary science +
Has topicKnowledge source for scholars and librarians + and Reader perceptions of credibility +
Issue1 +
MonthJanuary +
Pages57-64 +
Peer reviewedYes +
Publication typeJournal article +
Published inLIBRI +
Research designDiscourse analysis +
Research questionsIn this article we report on a study of liIn this article we report on a study of librarians’ responses to Wikipedia. The study uses a qualitative approach to tease out the range of responses librarians are developing towards this profoundly revolutionary technology, rather than produce conclusions of statistical significance and generalisability.istical significance and generalisability.
Revid10,855 +
TheoriesUndetermined
Theory typeAnalysis +
TitleLibrarian perception of Wikipedia: threats or opportunities for librarianship?
Unit of analysisN/A +
Urlhttp://late-dpedago.urv.cat/site_media/papers/libr.pdf +
Volume60 +
Wikipedia coverageMain topic +
Wikipedia data extractionN/A +
Wikipedia languageNot specified +
Wikipedia page typeN/A +
Year2010 +