Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Wikipedia, On the inherent evil of

Be sure to drag down our profession by answering every reference question with "did you already check Wikipedia?" Ask the question as non-ironically as possible, and you'll probably see a good 40% drop-off in your daily work schedule. Note: make sure not to reveal the small factoid about Wikipedia being about as reliable as Ronald Reagan's memory when it comes to FACTS.

7 comments:

Vampire Librarian said...

And here I was always asking if they'd googled it.

Sarah Mae said...

What's even better is other people asking the person you are helping whether s/he "looked it up on Google because you can find everything there" as I'm doing a search.

triumphantly, jenny said...

please put in an rss feed. :(

Sarah Mae said...

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please put in an rss feed. :(

5:13 PM

If you have Yahoo! or Google, you can set it up with just the url

Sal said...

I don't do too good with letters and numbers, but I tried enabling the RSS feed thingy and here's a link:

http://libetiquette.blogspot.com/atom.xml

If anyone knows how to put an icon thingy on the side, let me know.

Flourish & Blotts said...

And how about when a faculty member jumps up at the end of your bibiographic instruction session, takes over the display computer and proceeds to type in an address and says "now don't forget about Wikipedia ya'll". Makes me want to scream! -Flourish

Katya said...

I go back and forth about wanting faculty members in there when I'm teaching. It's good because their presence at least makes the students think it's important but I hate when things happen like you mention, Flourish. Oh they say, "And don't forgot Google." Or my other favorite, "You can't use any web pages" so the students think they can't use our databases because they are on the web. Ugh.