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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

MercuryNews.com | 12/12/2005 | Wikipedia needs safeguards that work

Wikipedia faces information reliability problems. Not surprisingly, the open-source encyclopedia has been repeatedly vandalized by anonymous posters. The credibility of information on the site has hit an all-time low with the recent discovery of a "hatchet-job" biography of retired newspaper editor and civil-rights crusader John Seigenthaler Sr. posted anonymously.

Michael Gorman, president of the American Library Association and dean of library services at Cal State Fresno, told The San Francisco Chronicle. "The problem with an online encyclopedia created by anybody is that you have no idea whether you are reading an established person in the field or somebody with an ax to grind. For all I know, Wikipedia may contain articles of great scholarly value. The question is, how do you choose between those and the other kind?"
[Good Morning Silicon Valley - December 12]

Of course, with iCONN resources, as with all library resources, Connecticut residents are assured that the information they are getting is reliable! iCONN's recent market survey showed us that for the general public in Connecticut, librarians are more trusted than the internet in providing trustworthy resources.


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