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How We Failed the Net Generation
Online - Medford
Subjects: United States; Communications & information management; Guidelines
Author: Badke, William
Date: Jul/Aug 2009
Start Page: 47
Pages: 3
Section: infolit land
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The average student's information world is as simple as picking low-hanging apples off a tree in an orchard without guard dogs. Encountering the library's information environment is like facing raging beast after raging beast until you pathetically retreat to the info desk, forced to explain your ignorance and raw fear to a stranger. Educators let the Net Gen-ers make the search engine their go-to tool for information, so now 70% or 80% of all students in higher education seek out Google first for every kind of research. Despite the stipulations of professors that "Web sites are not allowed in your bibliographies," current students in higher education do not make libraries their first choice or even, in many cases, a choice at all. Libraries have always been alien to many students. But in past decades, libraries were much simpler to understand. The past is the past, but people still have opportunities to address the future. Some steps are: 1. Rethink everything. 2. Stop making information literacy remedial. 3. Conquer the blindness.

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