Emerging Library Technologies and Students
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ACRL has recently published Char Booth’s book entitled, “Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University (A Research Report).” It is available online through the ACRL web site. It also includes the web cast for Chris Guder’s 2009 ACRL National Conference presentation, “If You Build It, Will They Care?” Char Booth and Chris Guder discuss a student focused environmental scanning project that was performed at Ohio University Libraries.
This book by Char Booth examines one institution’s efforts to move away from technolust and towards a “culture of assessment.” It presents findings from an environmental scan conducted at Ohio University, which investigated the convergence of students, libraries, and emerging information, communication, and academic tools. Survey data is used to test generational and demographic assumptions that often guide technology development in academic libraries. The identification of student behaviors related to emerging and social technologies and the implications indicated by those behaviors are central to this study. The need for local user assessment is a fundamental message in this volume, which shares practical research strategies and methods with the reader. University and college libraries can use this case study and its appended survey instrument template to conduct similar investigations on their campuses. (Also available from the ALA Book Store.)