Monday, December 28, 2009

A survey report on how college students seek information in digital age

A survey report "How college students seek information in digital age" made available in Dec. 2009 by the Information School, University of Washington. The research project surveyed 2318 students of U.S. colleges in spring 2009 in the effort of understanding how students search for information and what strategies that use when they seek information. The research findings are listed in the report. One of them would surely disappoint librarians:
"Librarians were tremendously underutilized by students. Eight
out of 10 of the respondents reported rarely, if ever, turning to
librarians for help with course-related research assignments."

This is a valuable report, especially to the information professionals who bear responsibilities of information literacy instructions.

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