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Presentation given by invitation to the Thomas Telford Board Away Day in Wimbledon, on 8th July 2008.

Presentation given by invitation to the Thomas Telford Board Away Day in Wimbledon, on 8th July 2008.

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Information needs of the new breed of students and researchers Information needs of the new breed of students and researchers Presentation Transcript

  • Louise Cole Senior Information Advisor Kingston University Joint list owner lis-e-resources@jiscmail.ac.uk 8 July 2008 Information needs of the new breed of students and researchers
  • Summary
    • Changing ways of working
    • Expectations of current students and researchers
    • Knowledge and information needs
    • Emerging technologies
    • Content validity
    • Ways forward
  • Changing ways of working
    • Traditional publishing: the book, journal, conference proceeding, standard, report …
    • … is being challenged …
    • … by changing ways of working
    • Ref: JISC. Guidance on learner-centred evaluation. http://www.jisc.ac.uk/learnereval . 2008.
  • Expectations
    • Many students now digital natives ... perhaps
    • ‘ The Google generation ’: quick, easy, relevant …
    • Expect material to be online
      • … to be shared (‘social learning’)
      • … to be dynamic (‘technology-rich’)
      • … to be engaging …
    • … and this is starting to apply to all age groups and all disciplines
    • Ref: British Library. Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future. http://www.bl.uk/news/pdf/googlegen.pdf . 2008.
  • Knowledge and information needs
    • Current students are the ‘ net generation ’
    • First ones to expect information to be digital as a matter of course …and expect it to be free
    • Work fast , learn differently
    • Collaboration and group projects
    • Researchers – cross-disciplinary, cross-sector, cross-institution
    • Is traditional publishing enough?
    • Ref: Hyatt, M. The death of traditional book publishing, Blog ‘From where I sit’. http://www.michaelhyatt.com/fromwhereisit/2005/12/the_death_of_tr.html . 2005.
  • Emerging technologies
    • Internet is key: traditional media becomes …
      • Blogs (bypassing the traditional publication?)
      • Wikis (creating information together)
      • Preprint / institutional repositories (research fund requirements in STM – see SHERPA - Juliet)
      • Social bookmarking (Connotea – sciences)
      • Social networking (bringing experts together)
      • Second Life (Architecture/Design – spaces)
    • … interactive …
  • Content validity
  • Ways forward
    • Publish knowledge and information that engages and allows creativity
    • Work alongside technologies such as Google, not against them
    • Know your audience and how they are evolving
    • Embrace multimedia and look ahead
    • Will traditional publishing become niche?