February 3rd, 2021

Objectivity in collection development

It has always been my policy in collecting archival and historical records to try and collect all sides of an issue as you cannot have an intellectual argument for or against something with the converse of any argument not being present. This can be difficult in todays times as so much of what is seen today is simply vitriolic with a purpose not to further a philosophical point of view but a personal gain unrelated to the topic. I still feel this material should be collected as it represents a place and time and can be presented in guides and cataloguing without commentary.

Tags: Accuracy, critical thinking

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Hi Alexandra:

Thanks for joining our conversation. Does "all sides" include information that has been proven false? If so, how do you help library users understand that not all of the information is fact?

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