The role of pub­lic li­braries in a trust-de­fi­cient world

The Insider - - EDITORS -

When so­cial me­dia took off a decade ago many peo­ple used it as a gate­way for news, by­pass­ing the li­brary’s lim­ited sup­ply of news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines. But to­day, when it comes to news dis­cov­ery, the love af­fair with so­cial me­dia is start­ing to largely wear off.

To avoid all the mis­in­for­ma­tion and fake news pol­lut­ing their so­cial chan­nels, peo­ple are start­ing to seek out more cred­i­ble news sources such as The Wash­ing­ton Post, Los An­ge­les Times, The Globe and Mail, The Guardian, Newsweek, Forbes, Le Fi­garo, and Van­ity Fair, to name just a few.

But with the in­creas­ing num­ber of pay­walls pop­ping up on news­pa­per and magazine sites, peo­ple are find­ing it dif­fi­cult to ac­cess qual­ity jour­nal­ism with­out hav­ing to pay for it. This is where li­braries can help. To­day thou­sands of pub­lic, aca­demic, and spe­cialty li­braries around the world are spon­sor­ing ac­cess to trusted me­dia on be­half of their pa­trons.

If you would like to find out how your pub­lic li­brary can of­fer com­mu­nity mem­bers un­lim­ited ac­cess to over 7,000 news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines any­where, any­time on their per­sonal de­vices, let’s talk!

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