Oregon Reference Summit 2018 – Lightning Talk 4

“I Want to Know the Truth”: Access to newspaper articles as a social justice issue, presented by Mary Paynton Schaff @ Washington State Library

When Google began crawling a longtime Olympian newspaper index on the Washington State Library’s website, requests for articles of a personal (rather than scholarly) nature drastically increased.  What can this tell us about our patrons and what are the ramifications or significance of providing such a service?

Mary Paynton Schaff has been a reference librarian at the Washington State Library since 2005. She also serves as the Legislative Services Liaison and is interested in learning more about how to provide specialized library services to members of the legislature.