I don’t know the answer to this, but it seems to me that people all over feel that undergrads today have no idea how to use the library or library resources. I got the impression from an attendee at the NFAIS Humanities Rountable last month that he felt that students were too lazy or that they just didn’t understand real research. Then at my training class on Friday an attendee there said that her students can never find things and she just wants to make it as easy as possible – she felt that seeing a link to a resource and a call number for that same resource was too much information for their tiny little heads to bother with.
Now – was it just because I was destined to be a librarian that I knew how to use these tools when I was an undergrad … was it because my mother showed me how to use library resources as early as middle school by taking me to the local university to use their collections for my research? Was it that Juniata offered and intro to library resources type course (it wasn’t just that – it had more meat to it – but it did have a bit on the library)?
I don’t know the answer – but I get a bit annoyed with the dismissive attitude towards undergrads. I think we need to give them more credit – or teach them better/sooner how to use these tools. And yes, they’re lazy – but news flash – human beings are lazy! We want the easiest/quickest way to get the solution – but that doesn’t mean that all undergrads are a lost cause …
Just a little Monday afternoon rant from me (the librarian in the academic library without many undergrads).