Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Libraries and the Internet

What you don't know really can hurt you.

Libraries in Florida provide free Internet access to the public. We encourage its use, but what you don't know can hurt you.

There is an excess of free information available on the Internet. This means that you have to be a smart consumer about information. Information can be out of date, inaccurate or misleading.

If you use the Internet as a source of information make sure that you visit a reputable site, and one that is updated frequently. You don't want to rely on health information from a report from Mrs. Jones' sixth grade class. Reports of all types from all people can be posted.

Libraries buy books that are authoritative. Library staff know Internet sources that are reliable. They will be happy to help you.