Saturday, October 27, 2012

Want Facts? Ask a Librarian.

Librarian doing research
Librarian doing research - author unknown.
In this election season, facts have gone into hiding and librarians would like to help voters find them. A recent post in ReadWrite discusses some websites that involve librarians helping voters make informed decisions. In this area, librarians tend to be fact finders as opposed to fact checkers, since information on issues can be buried in hard to find documents. The value in using librarians in this area is that the research is neutral and non-partisan. It's one of the core principles of good librarianship to stick to facts, without being judgmental. Of course, librarians do have opinions, but when doing research, they must be withheld so as not to compromise their integrity.

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