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Presentation at LRS-V Conference, October 7, 2010.

Presentation at LRS-V Conference, October 7, 2010.

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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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    • 1. Librarians in the Digital Age: Impact of Internet Adoption on Search Habits Jenny Emanuel Digital Services & Reference Librarian emanuelj@illinois.edu
    • 2. 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?
    • 3. 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
    • 4. Methods • Ethnographic observations of different librarian groups working a public services desk • Structured tasked based comparative activities (ongoing) • Survey of Millennial librarians (winter)
    • 5. 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
    • 6. 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
    • 7. Next Steps • Continue with comparative testing • Millennial survey • Look at other types of libraries, librarians • Trace patterns and find reasons

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