Monday, December 16, 2013

College freshmen library study

This paper presents findings about challenges that college freshmen face when conducting research. It cites that the following misconceptions about academic libraries by college freshman "are likely to perpetuate as long as school libraries are underfunded, do not hire full time professional teacher- librarians, and, in some cases, are decommissioned." Some of these misconceptions are:
1. A very limited understanding of what the research process entails and how libraries could best help them.
2. For example, some freshmen we interviewed were surprised to learn help was available to them from reference librarians just by asking.
3. Others thought that everything a library owned was online so going to the academic library on campus was not necessary.

Head, A. (2013). Learning the ropes: How freshmen conduct course research once they enter college.Seattle: University of Washington.

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