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1 DEPARTMENT FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY-ASSISTED LIFELONG LEARNING 1 June 2011 Visitors and Residents: What motivates engagement with the digital information environment? Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway OCLC Research David White University of Oxford Dr. Donna Lanclos University of North Carolina, Charlotte

2 Page 2 Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants

3 Page 3 Old people just dont get this stuff

4 Page 4 Research Addressing Digital Learners Need for a longitudinal study to identify how individuals engage in both the virtual and physical worlds to get information for different situations (Connaway & Dickey 2010, p.56). The information literacy of young people, has not improved with the widening access to technology: in fact, their apparent facility with computers disguises some worrying problems (Centre for Information Behaviour and the Evaluation of Research 2008). Academic staff perceive students as being more digitally capable than is really the case (Beetham, McGill, and Littlejohn 2009).

5 Page 5 Mark Bullen: a. Institutional account No association b. Personal account No association c. Instant messaging No association d. Text message (via phone) No association e. Facebook/MySpace No association f. Talking via phone No association g. Talking in person No association h. WebCT Association Mode: Significant Association between age and use?

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8 Visitors and Residents Study

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10 Page 10 …our generation isnt technology orientated. I think its always a stereotype. (Participant UKS4)

11 I think that lots of like companies and people away from my generation think that we rely and were obsessed with gadgets and gizmos and everybody has to buy the newest iPhone and iPad and newest everything. At the end of the day, as a student, are you really know is that is what the internet is for. How you get to it – it doesnt matter if you dont own a computer and you have to come to the library to use it. Um…like its available to you and you dont care like how you get it. (WorldCat.org Focus Group Interview UKU4th year Participant) Page 11

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13 Page 13 Facebook is for administration & social communication

14 Page 14 Dont mention Wikipedia! English The Free Encyclopedia articles Deutsch Die freie Enzyklopädie Artikel Español La enciclopedia libre artículos Français Lencyclopédie libre articles Русский Свободная энциклопедия статей Italiano Lenciclopedia libera voci Português A enciclopédia livre artigos Polski Wolna encyklopedia haseł Nederlands De vrije encyclopedie artikelen

15 Common Research Findings Information literacy skills lacking Information literacy not kept pace with digital literacy Researchers self-taught & confident Page 15

16 Why Visitors and Residents Project? If we build it, they will come. NOT Shifting changes in engagement with information environment Effect of larger cultural changes influenced by Web? New attitudes towards education? Gap in user behaviour studies – need for longitudinal studies Understanding of motivations for using and expectations of technologies and spaces in information environment Inform projects & service design to improve engagement & uptake Page 16

17 Selected Readings Beetham, Helen, Lou McGill, and Allison Littlejohn. Thriving in the 21 st Century: Learning Literacies for the Digital Age (LLiDA Project). Glasgow: The Caledonian Academy, Glasgow Caledonian University, Connaway, Lynn Silipigni, and Timothy J. Dickey. The Digital Information Seeker: Report of the Findings from Selected OCLC, RIN, and JISC User Behaviour Projects erreport.pdf. erreport.pdf Nicholas, David. Rowlands, Ian. Huntingdon, Paul. Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future: A CIBER Briefing Paper. London: CIBER, pdf. 08.pdf Warwick, Claire. Galina, Isabel. Terras, Melissa. Huntington, Paul. Pappa, Nikoleta. LAIRAH research on good practice in the construction of digital humanities projects. University College London Page 17

18 Page 18 The researchers would like to thank Dr. Alison LeCornu for her assistance in keeping the team organized, scheduling and conducting interviews, analyzing the data, and disseminating the results.

19 Page 19 @daveowhite Thanks Questions & Comments


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