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An Overview of the Current Working Generations   Shannon D. Jones Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences VCU Libra...
Outline <ul><li>Definition of a generation </li></ul><ul><li>Profiles of current working generations </li></ul><ul><li>Wha...
Introduction: What is a Generation? “ In addition to coincidence of birth, a generation is also defined by common tastes, ...
Current Working Generations <ul><li>Veterans or Traditionalists  (1900-1945) </li></ul><ul><li>Baby Boomers  (1946-1964) <...
Veterans or Traditionalists: 1900-1945 <ul><li>Also known as the Greatest Generation </li></ul><ul><li>Defining events: Gr...
Veterans or Traditionalists: Born 1900 - 1945
Baby Boomers: 1946-1964 <ul><li>Defining events: television, Vietnam, women’s and human rights movements, television </li>...
Baby Boomers: Born 1946 to 1964
Generation Xers: Born 1965-1980 <ul><li>Defining events: Challenger explosion, fall of Berlin Wall, fall of Soviet Union, ...
Generation X: Born 1960-1980
Millennials: Born 1981-1999  <ul><li>Also known as Echo Boom, Generation Y, Baby Busters </li></ul><ul><li>Defining events...
Millennials: Born 1981 -1999
In the Workplace…
What other generations say about Veterans/Traditionalists <ul><li>Baby Boomers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They’re dictatorial <...
What other generations say about Baby Boomers <ul><li>Veterans/Traditionalists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They talk about thing...
What other generations say about Generation Xers <ul><li>Veterans/Traditionalists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They don’t respect...
What other generations say about Nexters/Millennials <ul><li>Veterans/Traditionalists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They have good...
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Presentation during the Changing with the Times: The Multigenerational Workforce secion program at the 2007 MLA Annual Meeting

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    1. 1. An Overview of the Current Working Generations Shannon D. Jones Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences VCU Libraries, Richmond, VA Cynthia J. Vaughn Preston Medical Library UT Graduate School of Medicine, Knoxville, TN
    2. 2. Outline <ul><li>Definition of a generation </li></ul><ul><li>Profiles of current working generations </li></ul><ul><li>What do generations think of each other? </li></ul><ul><li>Questions </li></ul>
    3. 3. Introduction: What is a Generation? “ In addition to coincidence of birth, a generation is also defined by common tastes, attitudes, and experience….Those times encompass a myriad of circumstances – economic, social, sociological, and, of course, demographic.” Zemke, R. Raines, C., & Filipczak, B. (2000). Generations at work: Managing the clash of Veterans, Boomers, Xers, and Nexters in your workplace . New York:Amacon.
    4. 4. Current Working Generations <ul><li>Veterans or Traditionalists (1900-1945) </li></ul><ul><li>Baby Boomers (1946-1964) </li></ul><ul><li>Generation X (1965-1980) </li></ul><ul><li>Generation Next or Millennials (1981-1999) </li></ul>
    5. 5. Veterans or Traditionalists: 1900-1945 <ul><li>Also known as the Greatest Generation </li></ul><ul><li>Defining events: Great Depression, New Deal, World War II, Korean War </li></ul><ul><li>Faith in institutions; loyal; patriotic </li></ul><ul><li>“Save for a rainy day,” “Waste not, want not” </li></ul><ul><li>Influential people: Ella Fitzgerald, Charles Lindberg, Franklin Delano Roosevelt </li></ul>
    6. 6. Veterans or Traditionalists: Born 1900 - 1945
    7. 7. Baby Boomers: 1946-1964 <ul><li>Defining events: television, Vietnam, women’s and human rights movements, television </li></ul><ul><li>Optimistic and competitive; prosperous </li></ul><ul><li>Promise of good education = opportunities their parents didn’t have </li></ul><ul><li>Influential people: Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Beaver Cleaver </li></ul>
    8. 8. Baby Boomers: Born 1946 to 1964
    9. 9. Generation Xers: Born 1965-1980 <ul><li>Defining events: Challenger explosion, fall of Berlin Wall, fall of Soviet Union, Personal computer and other media </li></ul><ul><li>Skepticism; institutions called into question; U.S. divorce rate tripled during birth years of Gen X (latchkey kids) </li></ul><ul><li>World is not as safe anymore: AIDS, drunk drivers, drugs, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Leading people: Monica Lewinsky, O.J. Simpson, Supermodels, Michael Jordan, Dilbert </li></ul>
    10. 10. Generation X: Born 1960-1980
    11. 11. Millennials: Born 1981-1999 <ul><li>Also known as Echo Boom, Generation Y, Baby Busters </li></ul><ul><li>Defining events: Oklahoma City bombing, Columbine High School massacre, death of Princess Diana, Lewinsky scandal, the Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Realistic; optimistic yet cautious; multiculturalism </li></ul><ul><li>“ Personal Safety” is a workplace concern; appreciate diversity </li></ul><ul><li>Influential people: Barney, Backstreet Boy, Venus and Serena Williams, Tinky Winky </li></ul>
    12. 12. Millennials: Born 1981 -1999
    13. 13. In the Workplace…
    14. 14. What other generations say about Veterans/Traditionalists <ul><li>Baby Boomers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They’re dictatorial </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They’re technological dinosaurs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Generation X </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They’ve got all the money </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They’re too set in their ways </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nexters/Millenials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They are trustworthy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are brave </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. What other generations say about Baby Boomers <ul><li>Veterans/Traditionalists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They talk about things they ought to keep private </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They are self-absorbed </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Generation X </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They’re clueless </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lighten up; it’s only a job </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nexters/Millenials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They work too much </li></ul></ul>
    16. 16. What other generations say about Generation Xers <ul><li>Veterans/Traditionalists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They don’t respect experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They don’t know what hard work is </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Baby Boomers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They’re slackers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They spend too much time on the Internet and e-mail </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Nexters/Millenials </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cheer up! </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. What other generations say about Nexters/Millennials <ul><li>Veterans/Traditionalists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They have good manners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>They watch too much TV…with crude language and violence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Baby Boomers </li></ul><ul><ul><li>They’re cute </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can they do my web page for me? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Generation X </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Neo Boomers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you mean, “What’s an album?” </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Questions?
    19. 19. Thank YOU!!!
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