“That’s all it takes really, pressure, and time.” – Red, Shawshank Redemption
Last week I finished teaching a batch of information literacy classes. I was also able to read some papers that students wrote in relation to my session and their reading of the article Is Google Making Us Stupid? From reading these papers and conversations with students in class, I got great insight into how these freshman use and think about information.
One of the themes that kept coming up was that of time. In this day and age students and people in general have so little time on their hands. There are multiple classes, clubs, sports, children, work, etc. They are also under a lot of pressure from parents or themselves. The reason students use Google for research is not necessarily because it has the best information (they even said it doesn’t always), but because it is the fastest. They’re under pressure and only have so much time.
How then do we get students to use our awesome library resources? If we can let students know that the library can save them time, more students would use us. Instead of spending time wading through a lot of irrelevant garbage on Google a librarian can quickly get to highly relevant (and scholarly) information whether it is in books, articles, or on the web. Save time, ask a librarian!