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Students check out the Web instead of library

Dies ist ein wundervoller kleiner Zeitungsartikel, der in jedem zweiten Absatz ein aktuelles Problem anspricht und ein entsprechendes Zitat liefert. Das Problem: “We get students who are proud of the fact that they are seniors and have never been in the library,” Veldof said. “We have a huge challenge ahead of us. It really is scary.” Veldof arbeitet an der University of Minnesota, aber was er anspricht, ist sicher nicht nur für Minnesota eine Herausforderung. Was sind die Gründe dafür?

“- Everything worth knowing is on the Internet.

The “Target mentality”: “One of our missions is to build informational literacy among students, but the pressure among students is, ‘Give me the book, give me the answer, gimme gimme gimme.’ It’s like running into Target and getting it and going. There isn’t the patience anymore.”

Libraries are boring: Some students go to Borders or Barnes and Noble and study there, putting the books back on the shelf when they’re done. “They have the latest books, the greatest covers, nice displays,” Veldof said. “What we’re giving them instead is row after row of books with no [dust jackets]. We’ve had students say, ‘All your books are old,’ because they don’t have covers.”

Fear: “There’s a lot of library anxiety out there,” Veldof said. “We are big … the library system online is not easy. It takes getting used to.”

Wie gehen Bibliotheken mit diesem Problem um? Was machen Fachzeitschriften, wenn ihre Leser nur noch online recherchieren? Und umgekehrt: Wie beeinflusst das Internet die Qualität der Informationsrecherche? Reduziert sich Research immer mehr auf den Einsatz von Google?

Aber erste Bibliotheken haben die Zeichen verstanden und versuchen, ihren Service neu zu definieren: “The library already has an “assignment calculator” that walks students through the process of writing a paper. A student enters a homework deadline in the program and the calculator walks them through 12 steps to finish the paper, sending e-mail reminders. It also links students with key sources.
Another initiative is to automatically link students via their computer to library research pages based on the classes they’re taking. That program is being tested now.”
Da ist viel Bewegung drin. Gilt das auch bereits für deutsche Universitätsbibliotheken?
Mary Jane Smetanka, Star Tribune, 6 Mai 2004 (via OCLC) Registrierung erforderlich!
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