Academic Law Libraries’ New Frontier–The Post Truth Cognitive Bias Challenge and Calls for Behavioral and Structural Reforms

American Association of Law Libraries/LexisNexis Call for Papers, Student Division Award for 2019

22 Pages Posted: 15 Oct 2019

Date Written: May 16, 2019

Abstract

This article recognizes the escalated concerns of the post-truth phenomenon over its robust play-out as an emerging impetus and catalyst for another level of cognitive bias distorting information behavior, and the reasoning process, of the general public. The article highlights the functional vulnerability of academic law libraries to the post-truth challenge and explores their new frontier in the data-driven era. The article suggests that academic law libraries endeavor to revamp themselves in behavioral and structural contexts. Thus, it maintains that the role of academic law libraries should be reoriented and reshaped as information activists and they should consider technological renovation, inter alia blockchain application, for enhanced Integrated Library System design.

Keywords: Post-Truth, Cognitive Bias, Legal Information, Library and Information Science, Integrated Library System Design, Blockchain Application, Freedom of Information, Freedom of the Press, Information Democratization, Behavioral Reform, Structural Reform

JEL Classification: D23, D82, D83, K38, O21, O32, O33

Suggested Citation

Yoo, Kwanghyuk, Academic Law Libraries’ New Frontier–The Post Truth Cognitive Bias Challenge and Calls for Behavioral and Structural Reforms (May 16, 2019). American Association of Law Libraries/LexisNexis Call for Papers, Student Division Award for 2019 . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3469789 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3469789

Kwanghyuk Yoo (Contact Author)

University of Iowa, College of Law ( email )

Iowa City, IA
United States
(319) 594-0157 (Phone)

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