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1 Net Gen Students: Learning, Technology and Libraries Joan K. Lippincott, Coalition for Networked Information JISC/CNI Conference July 7, 2006 Joan K. Lippincott, Coalition for Networked Information JISC/CNI Conference July 7, 2006

2 Net Gen Students Born Grew up with computers and other media at home and in school from earliest ages Never were tethered to communication in a place Born Grew up with computers and other media at home and in school from earliest ages Never were tethered to communication in a place

3 Other Names… Millennials Digital Natives Gen Y Gen Next DotNets (Pew Internet & American Life) Millennials Digital Natives Gen Y Gen Next DotNets (Pew Internet & American Life)

4 Characteristics of Net Gen Students Always connected, multi-tasking Oriented to working in groups Experiential learners Visual Producers as well as consumers Always connected, multi-tasking Oriented to working in groups Experiential learners Visual Producers as well as consumers

5 Pew Internet & American Life Students are disproportionately likely to be (Internet) content creators Content Creation Online, 2004 Students are disproportionately likely to be (Internet) content creators Content Creation Online, 2004

6 How They Engage with Learning James Hilton, writing about his sons Leonardo da Vinci project: As we worked together (on a Powerpoint), the thing that surprised me was how deeply he connected with the project. He asked enthusiastically: How can I find another picture? How can I say something more here?…He connected with Leo in ways that had not happened before and in ways that too rarely happen in the college classes I teach. I am simply not finding ways to take advantage of rip, mix, and burn, Nor are we in higher education embracing the potential for unbundling the ways we thing about scholarship - not just for student assignments but for all kinds of scholarship. EDUCAUSE Review March/April 2006

7 Producers of Information for the Global Community Blogging is an opportunity to exchange our points of view with the rest of the world, not just people in our immediate environment. 5th grade Quebec student quoted by Downes, EDUCAUSE Review 2004

8 Net Gen and Traditional Learning Multi-media Figure it out Work in groups Multi-task Multi-media Figure it out Work in groups Multi-task Text-based Learn from experts Individually based Logical, linear Net Gen StudentsTraditional Learning & Libraries

9 Its About More than Style… Its about learning

10 New Relationships Academic/Social Virtual/Physical Learners/Teachers/Librarians Academic/Social Virtual/Physical Learners/Teachers/Librarians

11 Blending In-person and Virtual "Social networking sites like The Facebook are quickly blurring the line between online and real-world interactions. While most adults still separate their virtual existence from their real-world lives, college kids are increasingly living in both worlds at once. Erika Lewis, Carleton College student from her Podcast script for a class "We Media: The Personal Media Revolution

12 New Ways of Thinking about Teachers and Learners We strive to stay ahead of the technology curve in ways that often exhaust older generations. This drive to keep pace with current trends is not fueled by societys ability to educate and teach these technologies. Instead, we are a generation of learners by exploration. Carrie Windham, student, Educating the Net Gen

13 Implications for Resources and Services Preparing students to become information producers Service styles New spaces Preparing students to become information producers Service styles New spaces

14 Preparing students to become information producers New modes of scholarly communication New research tools New modes of scholarly communication New research tools

15 U. Virginia Valley of the Shadow

16 Cold War Timeline at Santa Clara University

17 Article in Vectors

18 USC Student Project

19 NCSA Evolution Highway Genome Project

20 Data for Visualization

21 GMU History Tools

22 iSpecies.org (R.Page, U. Glasgow)

23 New service styles Social networking Personalization Education - new emphases New forms of service delivery Social networking Personalization Education - new emphases New forms of service delivery

24 Facilitating new communities Since we know that students are spending more time in social networking environments like MySpace and Facebook, building complex communities and sharing musings and opinions on everything…lets form a partnership with one of those companies to build a networking space focusing on the information needs of students. Such a site could enable dialogue and collaboration among its users, discussion of readings, and creation of multimedia class projects. Kate Wittenberg, CHE, June 16, 2006

25 UIUC Undergrad Library Facebook

26 Brooklyn College Library MySpace

27 PennTags Social Bookmarking

28 Who is teaching your students about: Statistical analysis software GIS software Multi-media software Visualization Use of digital libraries Use of large scientific data sets Information standards and preservation Policy issues related to information and technology Statistical analysis software GIS software Multi-media software Visualization Use of digital libraries Use of large scientific data sets Information standards and preservation Policy issues related to information and technology

29 Educating Students about Information

30 New Service Styles New ways of accessing information Student-oriented services Blending virtual and physical services New ways of accessing information Student-oriented services Blending virtual and physical services

31 Visual representations of information

32 U. Minnesota Undergrad Page

33 UPenn Business FAQ

34 bioLIBlog and Biology Night at the Library at U. Tennessee

35 New spaces Information commons Multi-media studios Group areas Informal spaces and cafes Information commons Multi-media studios Group areas Informal spaces and cafes

36 Libraries that fit student lifestyles Thinking of your information needs and lifestyle, which fits perfectly with your lifestyle? 64% Search engines 30% Online library 24% Library From OCLC College Students Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources Thinking of your information needs and lifestyle, which fits perfectly with your lifestyle? 64% Search engines 30% Online library 24% Library From OCLC College Students Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources

37 Learning Grid: U. Warwick

38 Dartmouth Library

39 Vassar Media Cloisters

40 Georgia Tech Practice Presentation Room

41 Glasgow Caledonian University

42 U. Georgia Student Learning Center

43 Indiana U. Information Commons

44 Accomplishing change Hiring/training new types of staff Reverse mentoring Working in teams with students Experimenting, piloting Adopting, adapting Doing research, assessment Letting go… Hiring/training new types of staff Reverse mentoring Working in teams with students Experimenting, piloting Adopting, adapting Doing research, assessment Letting go…

45 Understanding Todays Students For as I read through article after article on the topic of academic librarianship, the prominent message is that todays college students are lazy, procrastinating, plagiarizing patrons of the glut of information that has come to be known as the Internet. Christen Thompson, portal, 2003

46 Or….Should We Shift Gears

47 The Net Gen Are Our Future Assist students with making the transition from the recreational use of technology to academic use of technology Provide environments, physical and virtual, which engage students Promote creativity in students discipline- related work Assist students with making the transition from the recreational use of technology to academic use of technology Provide environments, physical and virtual, which engage students Promote creativity in students discipline- related work

48 Further Information… Contact Joan Lippincott: Net Generation Students and Libraries, Educating the Net Gen, an EDUCAUSE e- Book, Contact Joan Lippincott: Net Generation Students and Libraries, Educating the Net Gen, an EDUCAUSE e- Book,


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