Friday, October 08, 2010

"Libraries is where they go to sleep in between classes"

Here is an article that should be familiar ground to many within SIS, but it is worth noting because it isn't librarians talking among themselves.

Today, many of us understand and appreciate the overwhelming abundance of information available at our fingertips. There is too much content to consume and crucial educational resources can get lost in the pile. Librarians have a wealth of knowledge and specifically know:
  • How to research & evaluate content
  • How to use different resources for different purposes
  • How to determine validity and appropriation
  • How to think critically

1 comment:

karen_w said...

The Rochester library study is old now -- students & readers might be more interested to read from 2006 on in library circles - ACRL -
(yes, imagine that)

Taken out of context & 4 years after this undergrad study was published with ACRL (a library division of ALA) one could also say that graduate and undergraduate classrooms is also where students go to sleep as well. does that reflect very much ? not really.

For those interested in the full publication and study by U Rochester anthropologist Nancy Fried Foster, circa 2006 take a look at this *undergraduate* study at:

Studying Students: the Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester
Edited by Nancy Fried Foster (Anthropologist) , Susan Gibbons
Chicago: Association of College and Research Libraries, A Division of the American Library Association, 2007
ISBN 978 0 8389 8437 6 (pbk: alk.paper)

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/
publications/digital/Foster-Gibbons_cmpd.pdf
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related ACRL blog posts from 2006

http://acrlblog.org/2006/05/15/to-improve-what-you-do-study-people/

To Improve What You Do - Study People


http://acrlog.org/2006/03/29/the-more-we-know-the-better-we-can-do/


MW posted about librarian talk :

"Libraries is where they go to sleep in between classes"
"Here is an article that should be familiar ground to many within SIS, but it is worth noting because it isn't librarians talking among themselves."

Cheers, KW