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Ottawa/Washington, Apr 11 (Canadian Media): A recent article in USA Today asserted that librarians will be extinct by 2030, media reports said.
The reality is that the job of a librarian is not merely checking out books but teaching information literacy. The American Library Association (ALA) defines information literacy as the ability to “locate, valuate and use effectively the needed information.”
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This sounds dry but in today’s age one of the most important skills of our time is to crack on fake news, which is sorely lacking at the present times.
Knowing where to turn for reliable data, and being able to distinguish between objective and biased sources is an important role of the present day librarian.
It is true that the last 20 years' online revolution of made our lives better in countless ways but it has overwhelemed us with information.
We’re flooded with news and commentary every time we look at our phones.
But a critical framework to evaluate the reliability of all this information is lacking and its easy to get disoriented and to reach dangerous conclusions.
A majority of US adults now get their news in real time from social media feeds, according to the Pew Research Center and the news feeds lack accuracy or objectivity.
(Reporting by Asha Bajaj)