The “Collage Effect” – Against Filter Bubbles: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Combating the Pitfalls of Information Technology

Péter Kiszl, J. Fodor

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Abstract

The rapid development of information technology has partially been reversed, and may become a tool for manipulation, which is incompatible with librarians' social mission. Making information available, connecting databases, and making them accessible result in people becoming more and more exposed. Customisation and effectively filtered information sources create filter bubbles. Although new systems of collaboration would be suitable for sharing reliable knowledge, they often lead to the spread of fake news. Despite worrying trends, we seek an encouraging future. Therefore, in this paper we analyse the relationship between information technology, market economy, and the librarian profession from the perspective of Hungarian LIS education, and emphasise the importance of active and creative information provision based on interdisciplinarity. Based on our experiences we believe that current and future readers can be reached through intriguing collages of credible information. The use of collages can compensate for the effects of filter bubbles, and librarians may become the masters of creating digital information collages.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Academic Librarianship
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2018

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Keywords

  • Academic training
  • Collaboration
  • Hungary
  • LIS profession
  • Orientation of LIS students
  • Roles of librarians
  • Scientific content services

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  • Education
  • Library and Information Sciences

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