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Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Wikipedia....my one true love!

Ok, since the ladies are beginning to give me a hard time about not posting, I'm finally breaking down and writing something! (However, since I haven't had the time to read any YA lit...or done any YA programs...or even been able to complete a whole journal article without falling asleep - I'm finding it hard to find something to post about.)

However, when in doubt, I always say turn to your one true love - Wikipedia. I personally LOVE wikipedia. I have it saved as one of my favorite sites and make sure I read their featured articles, "newest article" facts, and picture caption on a daily basis (yes, I know I live a sad, lonely life! LOL) Well, I was delightfully surprised last month when School Library Journal feature a brief article, "Can We Make Peace with Wikipedia?"

The two most satisfying tidbits of information for me were: 1) Wikipedia articles are far more accurate than most librarians give them credit it for....and 2) Wikipedia users are predominately college educated. The article challenged that librarians shouldn't be fighting against wikipedia but instead work with our students to teach them how to better use and judge wikipedia articles! (A point I've long been arguing!)

SCORE ONE FOR WIKIPEDIA!!!

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Holly said...

I love Wikipedia, too (clearly not as much as you). I often try to use it during chat reference and all the kids doing their homework are all, "We CAN'T use Wikipedia!" And I am all, hello, look at the sources on the bottom and go from there :)

Sheryl said...

Cody, I LOVE Wikipedia! Did you read my Nerd Roundup entry? Wikipedia has so many great topics that are never covered in "traditional" reference sources? I mean, does Britannica have an entry on Nerd Pride Day? We have a patron who calls about every other day to get the birth place and death date of all kinds of random and only mildly famous people. Wikipedia is the perfect source for this information rather than hunting through many different "better" sources to try to find it. I still wouldn't cite it in my master's thesis or anything, but it's a great source!

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