What is the role of libraries in the google generation?
Presented by: Kelly Sirett
For: ISI 5102 – Organization of Information
Professor Susan Hempinstall
November 5, 2012
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The relationship between
libraries and Google
Google generation, digital
natives and information
obesity... oh my!
Research, education and
the physical environment:
then & now
Evolution or de-evolution?
Libraries and Google seem to have a common
goal – to provide access to information.
The difference lies in how information is defined
Both Libraries and Google rely on one another.
Libraries are responsible for choosing the extent
of the relationship they have with Google.
Libraries vs. Google
People, born after 1993,
growing up in a world dominated
by the internet.
(Rowlands, 2008, 292)
1. Expect fast responses
2. Prefer images to text
3. Able to multi-task
6. Comfortable with technology
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Why is this
important to us?
• Physical environment
Libraries: then & now
Robinson, M. (2008). Digital nature and digital nurture: libraries, learning
and the digital native. Library Management, 29 (1/2), 67-76.
Rowlands, I, et al. (2008). The Google generation: the information
behaviour of the researcher of the future. Aslib Proceedings: New
Information Perspectives, 60 (4), 290-310.
Thornton, S. (2010). From ‘‘Scuba Diving’’ to ‘‘Jet Skiing’’? Information
Behavior, Political Science, and the Google Generation. Journal of
Political Science Education, 6, 353–368.
Waller, V. (2009). The relationship between public libraries and Google:
Too much information. First Monday, 14(9). Retrieved 10/29, 2012, from
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