Presentation Title

Challenges in the Digital Environment: Assessing Students’ Attitudes about Information Searching.

Location

Room 1002

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

Do students believe they can access electronic information effectively? Does their confidence grow over time as they progress in their studies? The focus of this presentation is to discuss students’ attitudes concerning accessing and utilizing library resources online. Two hundred eleven students from two southern universities in the United States were recently surveyed to explore students’ self-reported knowledge, confidence and abilities concerning the information search process. This research data is a subset of a larger scale study which examined students’ attitudes towards the library and the information search process using the Undergraduate Multidimensional Library Anxiety Scale. In addition, their attitudes concerning the library and the libraries’ staff are also discussed.

Findings indicate a surprising number of students are less confident than expected, considering that millennials have grown up with technology and are assumed to be comfortable online. Many students indicated that they did not feel as confident online with basic research skills, such as locating e-books and locating full-text articles, as well as with technical competencies such as downloading articles to an e-reader. Gender differences were also examined, as well as class standing. The similarity in results from the two institutions suggests this data may have broader implications for academic libraries nationwide.

Presentation Description

Do students believe they can access electronic information effectively? Does their confidence grow over time as they progress in their studies? The focus of this presentation is to report findings from a research study, which reveals students’ interesting and surprising attitudes about accessing and utilizing library resources online.

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Challenges in the Digital Environment: Assessing Students’ Attitudes about Information Searching.

Room 1002

Do students believe they can access electronic information effectively? Does their confidence grow over time as they progress in their studies? The focus of this presentation is to discuss students’ attitudes concerning accessing and utilizing library resources online. Two hundred eleven students from two southern universities in the United States were recently surveyed to explore students’ self-reported knowledge, confidence and abilities concerning the information search process. This research data is a subset of a larger scale study which examined students’ attitudes towards the library and the information search process using the Undergraduate Multidimensional Library Anxiety Scale. In addition, their attitudes concerning the library and the libraries’ staff are also discussed.

Findings indicate a surprising number of students are less confident than expected, considering that millennials have grown up with technology and are assumed to be comfortable online. Many students indicated that they did not feel as confident online with basic research skills, such as locating e-books and locating full-text articles, as well as with technical competencies such as downloading articles to an e-reader. Gender differences were also examined, as well as class standing. The similarity in results from the two institutions suggests this data may have broader implications for academic libraries nationwide.