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Thursday, July 15, 2004

Students' searching habits

Library Journal has article about new study from Columbia about students' searching habits - not good news for libraries!!


  • At 2:16 pm, Blogger Alan said…

    Is this really not good news for libraries? The article indicates that students recognise the need to use the library for in depth research, that they have concerns over information quality and that not all high quality information is directly available on the web.

    Instruction to users on how better to make quality judgements is picked up as an area for librarians to work on but you could have picked a number of areas.

    Even within this highly computer literate group - two thirds use the physical library at least once a month. The research (based on an 8% response rate in a limited number of subject areas) shows more than half of students go to library sponsored resources first or use them as much as a general web search.

    A very interesting piece of research but a positive driver rather than bad news!

  • At 7:55 pm, Blogger Nick said…

    I agree with Alan, librarians are much needed in the electronic age

    Caveat Lector

  • At 12:07 pm, Blogger Alan said…

    Is there a way of making the appearance of these comments more obvious from the main DLNet blog?

    Currently they are all but invisible! I would suggest that the value of the blog would be increased by encouraging this kind of interaction. Particularly as the scope of the blog seems to have grown from the original training / promotion focus.


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