After quite a long hiatus, The Conceptual Librarian is back.
It is time to make sense of all the changes that have occurred in the last few years in the information world, particularly now when it appears that facts and theory have been subjugated by feelings: if it feels right it must be right no matter what the facts of the matter are. Librarians stand in the middle. We are here to provide access to the facts, the research, whilst understanding why people feel that things aren’t right and that perhaps change has taken them way out of their comfort zone.
Our professional impartiality allows us to appreciate all sides of an argument and easily spot how information sources – particularly the media (including social media) – are used to frame the debate and influence opinion.
With information saturating the universe at almost the speed of light, we are in danger of being swept away by trending (and generally ephemeral) ‘topics.’
The library is here to provide perspective and to nurture intelligence.