On April 15th, the Library held its finale event for National Library Week, a faculty debate on the question:
Scholarly Research in Higher Education: What should be the role of Wikipedia?
Three intrepid members of the faculty took up the challenge to address this important question from three points of view:
- Prof. James Duane, from the School of Law, led the case against using Wikipedia in academic research.
- Dr. John Munday, from the School of Undergraduate Studies, discussed the strengths and weaknesses of Wikipedia compared with peer-reviewed journals.
- Dr. Markus Pfeiffer discussed the significance of Wikipedia in the context of developments in Web 2.0 and social media.
Before the debate, Dr. Carlos Campo presented the awards to the winners of the Library’s essay contest on the same topic (see article). Later, after initial arguments, the 1st prize winner, Julie Woodruff read her essay and joined the faculty panel for audience Q & A. Throughout the event, the speakers combined humor and erudition and the audience received a range perspectives on an resource will continue to challenge traditional notions of authority and reliability. The complete event may viewed at http:www.regent.eduadminmediafmsvodsinglePlayerURL.cfm?address=9000288.