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Friday, February 02, 2007

"Wikipedia make homework go BOOM!"

...thus spake my 15 year old son upon completing his set assignment ("find out some info about artist Man Ray for tomorrow's lesson") in about 5 minutes flat - for those not familiar with youth speak this roughly translates as "Wikipedia made my search for this topic extremely easy and supplied just the right amount of information for my level of education".
Ironically, 3 of his fellow students came into the (my) library yesterday afternoon and asked the library staff to help them find exactly the same information - which we did quite efficiently using BOOKS. But methinks - how much longer will we be called on to do so? The winds of change...

2 Comments:

  • Eh only change is you'll get the kind of people who like to write wikipedia comeing in and asking for books on subject X.

    By Blogger anon, at 11:09 PM  

  • Hmmm... It is a sign of things to come.

    People are all to ready to accept the convenient, the close at hand etc.

    To some professionals even "Google is good enough" - unfortunately.

    :-(

    There is a very good post from: DegreeTutor.com

    33 Reasons Why Libraries and Librarians are Still Extremely Important.
    by: Will Sherman

    By Blogger Andrew, at 6:26 AM  

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