Re: Seattle library fact check experiment risky, but valuable

I’m not sure the participation by the Seattle Public Library in the Living Voters Guide was all that dangerous. From a somewhat old story by Monica Guzman in the Seattle Times.

This week I’ve been hearing the old trope about “if everything’s on the internet, what role do libraries have?” The question is set up to be a straw man for professional librarians to knock down by explaining the traditional role libraries play and will continue to play.

That said, everything should be on the internet and libraries should be helping put it there. Libraries should be about making information easier to find, not protecting their turf by hoarding yet to be uploaded material. That said, libaries and librarians should be ever-present on the internet, doing the sort of work Seattle Public recently did.


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