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  • Were very efficient and overall found information fasterUsed google for ready refAdvanced skills: Boolean, thesauri, truncation Used tabs to run two databases or database and google at same time—bounced between them a lot. Only used print resources when they were very familiar with the resource (had been previously introduced to it) and there was no good data found in databases or online (ex: quotes, international historical bibliographies)Look up phone numbers on google
  • Phone number examplePoorerinterfaces relates to old and bad interfaces, as well as clunky print resourcesDid not explain what they were doing: younger group often talked about their technique while searching, older did so less often and often left out key details

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  • Librarians in the Digital Age: Impact of Internet Adoption on Search Habits
    Jenny Emanuel
    Digital Services & Reference Librarian
  • Purpose
    Every generation has different values regarding technology
    How do librarians who are digital natives search for information compared to librarians who first got online after obtaining their library degree?
  • Participants
    Group A: Library degree holders and students with at least 1 year of public services reference experience. Must have used online resources for research starting in high school.
    Group B: Library degree holders with public services experience who first accessed online resources after graduating library school
  • Methods
    Ethnographic observations of different librarian groups working a public services desk
    Structured tasked based comparative activities (ongoing)
    Survey of Millennial librarians (winter)
  • Preliminary Results
    Group A:
    Showed some similar traits as undergraduates
    Scanned quickly, and sometimes overlooked important information
    Little tolerance of ambiguity
    Did use advanced search skills
    Often searched several places or techniques at once
  • Preliminary Results
    Group B:
    Considered print resources more often
    Went to Google last, but did use it
    Slower & more methodical
    Tolerated ambiguity and more accepting of poor interfaces
    Did not explain what they were doing
  • Next Steps
    Continue with comparative testing
    Millennial survey
    Look at other types of libraries, librarians
    Trace patterns and find reasons