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Librarian perception of Wikipedia: threats or opportunities for librarianship?
Abstract The 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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Comments " many of the librarians viewed Wikipedia as an opportunity for the profession rather than a threat."
Conclusion This 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 source Interview responses  +
Doi 10.1515/libr.2010.005 +
Google scholar url http://scholar.google.com/scholar?ie=UTF-8&q=%22Librarian%2Bperception%2Bof%2BWikipedia%3A%2Bthreats%2Bor%2Bopportunities%2Bfor%2Blibrarianship%3F%22  +
Has author Brendan Luyt + , Yasmin Ally + , Nur Hakim Low + , Norah Binte Ismail +
Has domain Library science +
Has topic Knowledge source for scholars and librarians + , Reader perceptions of credibility +
Issue 1  +
Month January  +
Pages 57-64  +
Peer reviewed Yes  +
Publication type Journal article  +
Published in LIBRI +
Research design Discourse analysis  +
Research questions In 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.
Revid 10,855  +
Theories Undetermined
Theory type Analysis  +
Title Librarian perception of Wikipedia: threats or opportunities for librarianship?
Unit of analysis N/A  +
Url http://late-dpedago.urv.cat/site_media/papers/libr.pdf  +
Volume 60  +
Wikipedia coverage Main topic  +
Wikipedia data extraction N/A  +
Wikipedia language Not specified  +
Wikipedia page type N/A  +
Year 2010  +
Creation dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 15 March 2012 20:29:30  +
Categories Knowledge source for scholars and librarians  + , Reader perceptions of credibility  + , Library science  + , Publications  +
Modification dateThis property is a special property in this wiki. 30 January 2014 20:29:27  +
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