Le New York Times Magazine accordait aujourd’hui une entrevue à Carla Hayden, première femme et afro-américaine nommée à la tête de la bibliothèque du Congrès. Elle est considérée, et se considère elle-même, comme une bibliothécaire radicale :
Maybe I’m a romantic, but I do think of librarians as inherently radical. There’s something political about access to information. And it has been throughout history. Frederick Douglass said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” If you can absorb information yourself and make your own decisions, that’s a freedom. And for so many times in history, being able to read and access information has been part of it, especially in my case, with African-Americans.
L’heure de la littératie de l’information
À la question « Do you think libraries can help in this epidemic of fake news and lack of trust in the media? », elle offrait cette réponse :
I think the good thing about the discussion is that there’s a discussion about what’s fake and what’s real. There’s an awareness that there is such a thing. Librarians have been pounding on this issue in a different way for a while — that just having computer literacy is great, but as information professionals, we’re always looking at what’s the most authoritative source for the information and teaching information literacy. It’s great to have all this stuff, but you need to teach how to use the library in schools. They need to be teaching information literacy as soon as the kid can push a button.
C’est la bibliothécaire-en-chef qui le dit.
Source de l’image : « Fakes » à la boutique de la Library of Congress, par Marie D. Martel, cc-by-sa.