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Archive for the ‘Generational Issues’ Category

Once an introvert…

I had an interesting chat with a librarian last night. She commented on how young people don’t know how to communicate because their heads are always in their devices. I don’t really want to talk about “kids these days” so I’m going to talk about myself instead When I was a kid, we didn’t have mobile devices, we didn’t have computers and weren’t allowed hand held gaming devices (when they  [ Read More ]

CIL11 Keynote: Dancing with Digital Natives

Michelle Manafy was our keynote speaking this morning talking to us about the digital natives – those who have grown up with nearly ubiquitous digital technologies. Michelle started with a series of quotes: By the time they finish college, kids will have spent over 10,000 hours playing videogames, sent and received over 200,000 emails and instant messages and spend more than 10,000 hours talking on cell phones — Mark Prensky  [ Read More ]

Generations and their Gadgets

The Pew Internet & American Life Project has a new infographic that shows what gadgets different generations reported having. One little rant from me – can anyone tell me why the age definition of generations keeps changing? Rant over

The last talk for day one of NFAIS Annual was titled Digital Natives and Traditional Information Resources. We had the pleasure of hearing from 3 digital natives about their expectations of and experiences with digital media. First up was Carrie Newman, her talk was titled Perspectives of a Digital Native Librarian. She started by giving us proof that she’s a digital native – she bought John’s book (Born Digital) on  [ Read More ]

NFAIS 2009: Google Generation

Ian Rowlands presented a talk titled, The Information Behavior of Researchers of the Future: Survey Results. Ian started by saying that he was happy that John was optimistic before him – because it lets him be a bit more anxious and less complacent about where we’re going on our own digital journey. He talked about a study he did with JISC and the British Library to discuss what happens in  [ Read More ]

NFAIS 2009: Keynote: Born Digital

John Palfrey, co-author to Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives, was our keynote speaker. First, what a great talk! I know that this book is on a lot of our wishlists or bookshelves, but nothing gets me more excited about a book than hearing the author speak. John started by telling us that the book studies and unpacks the myths about the digital natives He started out  [ Read More ]

In Defense of Gen Y Workers

Found via Stephen’s Lighthouse: I grew up turning in my homework assignments online and using online chat rooms as study groups with fellow classmates. And it worked for me. It worked real well. I love the Internet, online communication and Facebook because these technologies allow me to do what I do best: multitask. Since I've been trained by and with these new technologies, I am"”face it"”better suited for the new  [ Read More ]

Do we give them enough credit?

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  [ Read More ]

More on the Millennial Worker

I was looking for a page defining what a Millennial was for a friend and I came across this article from 2 years ago that I think hits the nail on the head – not for her purposes, but for mine. The article is from and it’s titled “Millennial” Learning: On Demand Strategies for Generation X and Beyond. The article talks about what employers need to provide in order  [ Read More ]

Which is it?

Are we slackers or are we tough cookies? Can we really be both? What am I talking about? I just read this article from Fortune on Attracting the 20-something worker. One minute I’m happy to be a 20-something (even if I am closer to 30 than 20 now) – and the next I want to bury my head in the sand. This is a great article, even though it made  [ Read More ]

ATO2014: Open Source

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ATO2014: Open Source

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ATO2014: The first F

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ATO2014: Unmanagemen

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ATO2014: Social medi

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