Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Cornering the information market: Metacognition and the library

an article by Michele Santamaría (Clifton Mill Library, Washington College) and Denise Petrik (University of Pittsburgh (MLIS student) published in College and Research Libraries News Volume 73 Number 5 (May 2012)

Opening paragraph

There we were, monitoring the Miller Library table at the Washington College Academic Resource Fair, coordinated annually as a preorientation activity for incoming freshmen. We had decided to try a new tactic in an attempt to appeal to the freshmen, which involved creating an interactive game to try to reach them at their own levels. We thought we had been fairly successful too, when a mother took one look at who we were and asked: “So. What do they need the library for, now that everything is on the Internet?”

If parents exhibit this skeptical resistance, how does the library successfully appeal to their children, a generation that’s been dubbed “the instant generation,” who have been said to “believe their unalienable rights include instant service, easy assignments . . . and straightforward answers,” all of which the Internet appears to provide?

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