[Irtalk] Librarypedia: The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia - The Digital Shift

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Tue Jan 28 15:49:49 SAST 2014

Wikipedia and libraries connect to one another in a circle of research and
dissemination. Wikipedia is becoming the starting point for research for
many; it can in turn lead readers back to other sources and encourage them
to engage in deeper learning within their library.
While in the past, many librarians have encouraged patrons to eschew
Wikipedia in favor of library databases and secondary sources, they are now
starting to work together, in recognition of the fact that today’s students
often rely on the Internet and Wikipedia for their initial overview.
Libraries are working to make sure they are part of the pipeline so that
students following the crowdsourced Wikipedia bibliography back to
full-text references will find libraries as the end point if not always the
starting point.

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