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Librarians talk about Wikipedia on NPR

At last! Wikipedia’s Growth Comes with Concerns is a news story about Wikipedia that interviews librarians and discusses Wikipedia from the users’ point of view, not just in terms of the quality of the content but in terms of what’s included. It’s a balanced perspective, and Laura Sydell’s conclusion that in the future “the traditional encyclopedia will be hard to sell” is not without merit. This is a much more balanced discussion of Wikipedia than the February 10 article in the Times, “The Unassociated Press” (registration required), where the reporter, Aaron Weiss, fawned over Wikipedia, exhumed the retired director of Encyclopedia Brittannica for a straw-man quote Weiss quickly shot down, and ignored the user-related concerns.

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