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Information Literacy: Generation gAPP

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Stephanie MirandaFollow

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Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

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Higher Education

Abstract

Since the publication of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, librarians have become more conscientious of teaching those skills in our ever-changing world of information dispersal. What librarians teach has remained constant, but how it’s delivered needs to evolve. Our next generation, Gen Z or Gen App, is relying on us to teach them in a way that adjusts to their digital habitat. In order to address the digital needs of the new generation of college students, librarians at Mercer University teamed up with Dr. Donald Ekong, computer engineering professor, to build a mobile app. The app, Mercer Research 2 Go, is a one stop shop for students to make appointments with Research Librarians for consultations, citation checks, and research assistance. The app allows Mercerians to make their own choice of how to accomplish this by offering assistance via phone, email, text, face-to-face, video conference and, newly, the librarian will travel to them in a public place on campus to address any mobility differences. The purpose of the app is to enable librarians to meet learners where they are so they can teach information skills according to student and faculty needs. Librarians will discuss the partnership with Dr. Ekong in the creation of the app and the feasibility study results.

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Librarians from Mercer University will discuss the creation of a mobile app for their library called Mercer Research 2 Go. The app was created alongside a computer engineering professor in response to the need to address changing learning environments among Mercer University students. Traditional undergraduate students entering college are from the Generation Z. Generation Z has had technology at their fingertips for the majority of their lives. So, this app is an attempt to fill that generation “gAPP” in addition to differences in mobility.

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Information Literacy: Generation gAPP

Since the publication of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, librarians have become more conscientious of teaching those skills in our ever-changing world of information dispersal. What librarians teach has remained constant, but how it’s delivered needs to evolve. Our next generation, Gen Z or Gen App, is relying on us to teach them in a way that adjusts to their digital habitat. In order to address the digital needs of the new generation of college students, librarians at Mercer University teamed up with Dr. Donald Ekong, computer engineering professor, to build a mobile app. The app, Mercer Research 2 Go, is a one stop shop for students to make appointments with Research Librarians for consultations, citation checks, and research assistance. The app allows Mercerians to make their own choice of how to accomplish this by offering assistance via phone, email, text, face-to-face, video conference and, newly, the librarian will travel to them in a public place on campus to address any mobility differences. The purpose of the app is to enable librarians to meet learners where they are so they can teach information skills according to student and faculty needs. Librarians will discuss the partnership with Dr. Ekong in the creation of the app and the feasibility study results.