Libraries Need To Integrate Internet In Services

An article in the January issue of Library Journal reviews an interesting study commissioned by the British Library and JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee).

According to the study entitled " Information Behavior of the Researcher of the Future" the Google generation is a myth and the information skills of the young generation has not improved with the development of technology. The report also found out that libraries need to step up and integrate the Internet in their services.

"The main message of this report for research libraries is that the future is now, not ten years away," the report reads, adding "that they have no option but to understand and design systems around the actual behavior of today's virtual scholar."

The report also recommends "tighter integration of library content with commercial search engines" and more funding to research the "digital literacy skills of our young people."

The findings of the report, I think are consistent with the conclusions from other recent research documents, which confirm that younger generations are not information savvy as we expect them to be and infomation literacy skills should be taught from early school age.

Via: Library Journal

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