King Jimbo Wales has the nerve to ask librarians to help improve Wickedpedia
"Librarians are not engaging with the academies," said Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales. "If libraries throughout the world formed regional groups and made an effort, they would be playing a positive role within Wikipedia. The job of the librarian is about highlighting the weaknesses and strengths of information."
Jimmy Wales, one of the founders of online encyclopedia phenomenon Wikipedia, has called on librarians to become deeply involved in the Web-based communities that surround his products.
One professional librarian who specializes in the field of electronic publications responded on his blog,
According to Jimmy Wales, the quality of the Wikipedia would be improved if only librarians 'engaged' with the encyclopedia. He wants information professionals to form and join Wikipedia Academies to create a generation of editors who will drive the standards upward. The job of a librarian, you may be interested to learn is 'about highlighting the weaknesses and strengths of information'.
. . . Now, perhaps I'm reading this incorrectly, but is he actually trying to shift the responsibility for ensuring the quality of content over to information professionals? When exactly are we supposed to be doing this? I'm all in favour of fixing and improving things, but I think it's a stretch to try and put responsibility onto the profession.
And fatheaded King Jimbo doesn't seem to understand that a lot of people have simply lost interest in trying to improve Wickedpedia. Wickedpedia is a lost cause. Trying to improve Wickedpedia is like trying to make the proverbial silk purse out of a sow's ear. One school district has even gone so far as to block Wickedpedia on all of the school district's computers, with the result that students cannot even use Wickedpedia to find other sources. That is some testimonial for Wickedpedia.
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