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