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Tutor profile: Michele F.

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Michele F.
Reference Librarian, Information Literacy instructor, BA in Psychology
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Subject: Microsoft Suite

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I do apologize, but my qualifications are for a reference librarian position. Although I am very experienced in using all applications of the MS suite, and have instructed patrons and answered numerous reference questions about the subject, I do not hold any official degree, like I do in Library Science. I only chose this subject because the application would not advance without choosing 3 subjects. But I can make another Library and Information Science question: With the current "fake news" phenomena, how can one evaluate and discern solid, factual information from the fake?

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In information literacy, there are 4 main criteria by which you should evaluate an information source: authority, accuracy, currency, and objectivity. 1. Authority, meaning, who wrote the article, owns the website, etc? who is taking responsibility for the information? are they credible? what are their credentials, and how does that qualify them to speak on such information? 2. Accuracy: how reliable is the information? are any sources referenced? 3. Currency: when was the article written? is there a date on the website? you want current info, not outdated. 4. objectivity: is the information biased, or only presenting 1 side of the argument? quality information covers all angles of an issue

Subject: Library and Information Science

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What is the role of libraries in society today? Are libraries in danger of becoming obsolete?

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Libraries are, and have always been, institutions of learning, supporting education, fostering curiosity and momentum. The library can be identified as one of the last truly free spaces to exist in America, in a country torn by racial, political, and economic unrest. the library asks very little of it's patrons. No membership fees, nothing to buy, some libraries no longer collect fines! it's a place where the homeless find a safe place to be during working hours, those without computers can fill out an online job application, anyone overheating in the desert sun can come in to cool off from the life-threatening heat and take advantage of the free Wi-Fi, or tax assistance. So with the advent of the internet, and the availability of information being so vast today, are libraries in danger of being labeled obsolete? No. Not even a little bit. Given the numerous functions and facets of the library, obsolete is something the library will never be. There is a sad misconception held by many, that the library is a building with with books and magazines, and an old lady pushing a book cart saying "Sssshhhhhhh." that is the obsolete thing people are referring to when they ask if librarians still exist. However, a library is so much more than what is contained within the 4 walls. For example, every library has an electronic collection that patrons can access from anywhere, giving them access to book, magazines, movies, language instruction, genealogy research, various databases, etc. The library also serves as a community center, playing supporting roles in societal happenings, such as unbiasly supporting political elections, serving as relief centers for disasters like the wildfires in California, or serving as front-line responders to the country's opioid crisis. For these reasons, the library will always serve as an unwavering inclusive institution for the public. with it's many functions and services, the library may shapeshift with the times, but will never be obsolete.

Subject: Education

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I do apologize, but i my qualifications are for a reference librarian position. i only chose education because the application would not advance without choosing 3 subjects. Thank you.

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Michele F.
Answer:

I do apologize, but i my qualifications are for a reference librarian position. i only chose education because the application would not advance without choosing 3 subjects. Thank you.

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