IN­TER­NET vs. LI­BRARIES: TELLING THE STORY OF THE COL­LEC­TIONS OF LI­BRARIES, AR­CHIVES, AND MU­SE­UMS TO THE PUB­LIC TO COUNTER MIS­IN­FOR­MA­TION

Gil­lian D. Reyes

PLAI Congress 2018 Program - - PARALLEL SESSION -

Uni­ver­sity of the Philip­pines Dil­i­man Email ad­dress: [email protected] Ab­stract

Given the rise of the In­ter­net, li­braries have of­ten been ridiculed as ir­rel­e­vant. Some even doubt the need to pur­sue a de­gree in li­brary and in­for­ma­tion sci­ence. But in this cur­rent age where in­for­ma­tion can be gath­ered in a click of a but­ton, li­braries and li­brar­i­ans have a big­ger role than ever.

The aris­ing phe­nom­e­non of mis­in­for­ma­tion and fake news is caus­ing detri­men­tal ef­fects. With lead­ing per­son­al­i­ties and web­sites cater­ing to fake news, the Philip­pine so­ci­ety is in dan­ger of con­sum­ing in­for­ma­tion that is ei­ther mis­lead­ing or all to­gether bo­gus. This can lead to ma­jor con­se­quences from per­sonal health to the na­tional land­scape, since fake news have tar­geted these top­ics and ev­ery­thing in be­tween. What’s worse about it is that these sites are be­lieved by some as le­git­i­mate sources of in­for­ma­tion.

This pa­per ar­gues that mis­in­for­ma­tion is spread­ing like wildfire as it tells a good story. And with that, this pa­per aims to show­case the trend of mis­in­for­ma­tion and how li­brar­i­ans, archivists, cu­ra­tors, and in­for­ma­tion pro­fes­sion­als should be­come sto­ry­tellers to com­bat the said trend. This pa­per also shows how these pro­fes­sion­als should present their re­spec­tive col­lec­tions to the pub­lic: by telling them one story at a time. Key­words: sto­ry­telling; col­lec­tions; mis­in­for­ma­tion; fake news; In­ter­net

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