From the Director…
Oxford Dictionaries chose “post-truth” as their word of the year for 2016. Over the past year, more fake news stories than ever before were published on Facebook and other social media outlets.
In these confusing times, the library is more important than ever. Libraries help people negotiate increasingly complex information sources. They are committed to verified sources and accuracy, research, and reliability. You can get 100 answers on Google, but you can get the right answer at the library.
Indiana University Library recently developed a useful tool for evaluating the legitimacy of news. You can take a look at this easy to use and practical guide here: http://iue.libguides.com/c.php?g=595482&p=4119773.
Here at the Memphis Public Library, customers are calling and coming in every day to ask about something they saw on television or heard on the radio. Our librarians point them to accurate sources to learn more about the subjects they’re interested in, whether it is health, business, or child care. Too often, we only hear information in snippets and sound bites. It’s impossible to make informed decisions without the facts.
Libraries in 2017 are here to help their customers with “real” information every day, through a variety of resources. No public institution is more trusted than libraries. Every year, the City of Memphis conducts a poll of its citizens and libraries are always one of the highest ranked services in customer service, quality, and staff helpfulness.
Knowledge is power. The Memphis Library Foundation is committed to helping the Memphis Public Libraries empower our citizens. It’s more important than ever.
Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and informed 2017.