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The Academic Library and the Net Gen Student: Making the Connections
Susan Gibbons
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0946-1
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $57.00
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136 pages
6" x 9"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0946-1
Year Published: 2007
AP Categories: A, C

As students embrace new Web 2.0 technologies like MySpace, YouTube, and RSS feeds, libraries also need to take charge. Based on actual work-practice studies of students and faculty -- original research conducted at the University of Rochester -- this visionary guide maps potentially vibrant futures for academic libraries.

Academic librarians in public services, technology and administration now have the tools to better understand the integral role of technology in the social and academic lives of undergraduates (the net generation). Use these research results, cogent analysis, and clear explanations to

  • Understand hot technologies, how students use them, and how libraries can too
  • Leverage new Web 2.0 technologies to stay ahead of the curve and include innovations in your service mix
  • Transform your library’s web site with ideas inspired by gaming
  • Provide value-added services to students by communicating in their preferred modes

    Table of Contents


    1. The Mission of an Academic Library
    2. The Net Generation
    3. Online Gaming
    4. Web 2.0
    5. Keeping Found Things Found
    6. The Net Generation as communicators
    7. Conclusions


    About the Author
    Susan Gibbons is associate dean for Public Services and Collection Development at the University of Rochester, River Campus Libraries. In 2005, she was named one of Library Journal’s 'Movers & Shakers' and was a Visiting Program Officer for the Association of Research Libraries in 2006. She earned her MLS and MA in history from Indiana University, and her MBA from the University of Massachusetts.

    "A valuable addition....Will introduce the reader to ways to reach out to others."
    --American Reference Books Annual

    "Scads of books and articles delve into the characteristics of Millennials this new generation of technologically savvy young adults; however, few sources provide such in-depth coverage of this generation and their library behaviors. Gibbons' book is a must-read for those working in an academic library that serves the 18- to 24-year old demographic, especially public service professionals and library administrators."
    --Against the Grain

    “The world has changed, and Gibbons has written a road map into Net Gen territory that can guide libraries as they adapt to it....This book is highly recommended for all who work in an academic library, and those who administer them.”
    –Public Services Quarterly

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