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Librarians can help readers grappling with info overload

In an era of information overload, librarians can help readers discern credible sources from non-credible ones.
The Straits Times - September 27, 2012
By: Ng Kai Ling
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Librarians can help readers grappling with info overload

IN AN era of information overload, librarians can help readers discern credible sources from non-credible ones.

This was the exhortation given to 240 librarians yesterday at an annual conference for the profession by Senior Minister of State for Information, Communications and the Arts Lawrence Wong.

The day-long conference, titled Librarians for Tomorrow, was held at the Matrix Auditorium at Biopolis.

"Misinformation, half-truths or distortions can spread," Mr Wong said. "Librarians can step in... help us understand that the sources of information matter so that we can differentiate what is right, what is not so accurate or may be untrue."

He said that as more people get their information from the Internet, librarians must keep pace to avoid becoming irrelevant.

If librarians do their job well and help customers find the information they need quickly and efficiently, people will always turn to them as a preferred information resource, the minister said.

Ms Ng Kim Leong, 58, associate university librarian at the National University of Singapore's Central Library, said a librarian's job was essentially the same - no matter how information is conveyed, whether through stone or electronic "tablets".

"It is still that we are the middle person connecting people to information," said the librarian of more than 20 years.

Ms Lim Kim Char, 60, principal librarian of the National Library Board, said online databases, such as Wikipedia, are useful but people should be more sceptical about what they read online.

"When you use Wikipedia, compare and check with other sources to make sure that the information is correct," she advised.

It was announced at the conference that Singapore will be hosting the World Library Information Congress next year.

It aims to attract 4,000 librarians from all over the world to attend the week-long conference to be held at Suntec City.

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