Dangerous Fruit: Mystery of Deadly Outbreaks in India Is Solved (click image for link)

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“It was an unexplained illness for so many years [;] this is kind of emblematic of why we collaborate, to build this kind of systematic approach.”

The concept of engaging and contributing with others in your field, regardless of status or affiliation, drives through many walks of life – from Library Informational Sciences to Medical professions.   In this recent New York Times article scientists speak of the power of collaborating with other countries and institutions in order to finally discover a wide-spread epidemic of sudden child illness in India.

As I read this article by Ellen Barry, it reminded me of the many articles I’ve been reading this semester in my Knowledge Organization and Information Professions classes.  Specifically these ideas and historical examples of Library Informational Sciences Professionals coming together to create national and worldwide standardized systems of: cataloging library materials; the conception of the MARC file; Panizzi’s “91 Rules”; open-source programs, etc.

It is essential for humans to share knowledge with each other, no matter what the situation or case.  In order to grow as a species—as a planet—we must organize, write, read, share, correct, interject, assist with others in our fields.  If we must put ourselves into boxes: constraints of social class, ethnicity, heritage, maybe we can find solace and join together—if not socially, perhaps in our professions.  Perhaps the fact that someone is brown and someone is white can transcend preconceived sociological notions when we are coming together for a common cause: to educate, to help, to discover.

These opinions hold true and deeply represent current issues today.  Climate Change and text book reform are the first examples that come to mind for me in this moment, though we all know this concept of collaboration can and will move us forward in the grand scheme of many phenomenon.

-Kelsey Gallagher, LIS-653, Wednesdays 1130-230

Barry, Ellen. “Dangerous Fruit: Mystery of Deadly Outbreaks in India Is Solved.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 31 Jan. 2017. Web. 2 Feb. 2017.


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