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1 JIBS User Group Workshop 13 th November 2008 Information seeking behaviour in the Google Age Maggie Fieldhouse CIBER School of Library, Archive and Information Studies University College, London

2 The Google Report BL/JISC funded Effects of digital transition Information seeking behaviour

3 CIBERs study Literature reviews of academic researchers information seeking behaviour – Pre 1990 (Generation X, Baby Boomers) – (Generation Y) –Post 1993 (Google Generation) Longitudinal studies Log analysis Review of new technologies

4 Digital Natives Implications for libraries and information providers in a post-web-world Digital literacy Information seeking Information literacy

5 Information seeking behaviour How different is the Google Generation? Will they seek information in new ways? Does technology matter? What is the impact of ICT on older generations?

6 Hype, Myths and Assumptions Hype –Google is the answer to everything –The Google Generation is expert at using technology Myths –Not all young people use the internet all the time –Older generations are less competent Assumptions –Search engines are the preferred means of finding information –Search results are fit for purpose –Instant, 24/7 access is expected –Search engines are more relevant to students

7 CIBER has found overwhelming evidence that……… EVERYONE – students, professors, lecturers and practioners – exhibits bouncing/flicking behaviour, searching horizontally rather than vertically. Power browsing and viewing is the norm

8 This raises concerns about……………… The demise of creative and independent thinking Self directed learning The role of libraries Use of library resources Information skill levels Plagiarism and respect for copyright and intellectual property

9 ……Education Information skills need to be developed at an early age University is too late Scholarly behaviour has become promiscuous diverse and volatile Academic perceptions of information seeking

10 White bread for the mind Tara Brabazon delivers a scathing attack on attack on the lack of skill and judgement displayed by her undergraduates with regard to their handling and evaluation of information.

11 Quote from David Loertscher, writing on The digital school library in Teacher Librarian (30 (5), June 2003) Search engines such as Google are so easy and immediate that many young people, faced with a research assignment, just google their way through the internet rather than struggle through the hoops of a more traditional library environment

12 Information space: a black hole? Conceptual map –Linear – horizontal –Sequential – unordered –Structured – formless Whats NOT found –The iceberg effect Search failure –Spelling (typing) mistakes –Search strategies –Shared vocabularies –Lack of evaluation of results Search engines work in different ways!

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14 Information literacy: does it matter? Lifelong learning Independent learning Expectations of Higher Education Role of schools Closing the gap between actual performance and perceived skills

15 Information provision Investigate user behaviour and preferences –Making library research more rewarding and exciting Market research –Know your users

16 Information provision Access to library resources –Making content easier to use –Making systems as intuitive to use as Google Complexity of search interfaces –Inconsistent search functions –Inconsistent refining mechanisms –Inconsistent terminology

17 JIBS User Group Workshop 13 th November 2008 Thank you


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