January 22, 2022

Video Presentation: “Wikipedia Shaming: Authority Dilemmas Across Educational Stages”

The video embedded below is one of several presentations from OCLC Research that was presented the ALA 2021 Annual Conference. All OCLC presentations can be accessed in this playlist. 

From OCLC:

As Wikipedia reaches maturity, celebrating its 21st birthday this coming year, isn’t it time to consider its adulthood? Results from our research of 175 students, which used a simulated set of Google search results to see how students select and judge resources for a research project, suggest we should. Since its birth, students have been generally discouraged from using Wikipedia, but as this collaborative reference tool has evolved, so should our consideration of its value.

Additional Resources

Presentation Slides

Researching Students’ Information Choices Project Website (via U. Florida Libraries)

Researching Students’ Information Choices: Determining Identity and Judging Credibility in Digital Spaces (via OCLC)

The Wikipedia Research Conundrum: Is it citable? (via Next; October 2020)

Isn’t it time to stop Wikipedia shaming? (via SLJ; June 2019)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.