Friday, April 10, 2009

Libraries and Millenials

A recent article from LJAN discussed the popular topic of our millenial students and the expectations they bring to college. This article mentioned Richard Sweeney from NJIT who performs a lot of research on millenial students and how they view/use libraries. There is also an interview of Sweeney by Marie Radford (of Rutgers) and Robert Lackie on Marie's blog, Library Garden. Throughout the interview, Richard discusses many advances and changes academic libraries will need to make in order to best serve our incoming millenial students. It's interesting to me that this article is from 2006 and change is clearly slow in coming. I think these resources all point to changes many people are still resisting and illuminate a growing disconnect between what we wish our students would do and what they actually do. Just some food for thought.

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