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The Google Generation
A Crisis of Information Literacy?
Dr Ian Rowlands

This event took place on 28th May 2008 at 12:00pm (11:00 GMT)

A new study overturns the common assumption that the 'Google Generation' youngsters born or brought up in the Internet age is the most web-literate. The first ever virtual longitudinal study carried out by the CIBER research team at University College London claims that, although young people demonstrate an apparent ease and familiarity with computers, they rely heavily on search engines, view rather than read and do not possess the critical and analytical skills to assess the information that they find on the web.

The report also shows that research-behaviour traits that are commonly associated with younger users impatience in search and navigation, and zero tolerance for any delay in satisfying their information needs are now becoming the norm for all age-groups, from younger pupils and undergraduates through to professors. Commissioned by the British Library and JISC (Joint Information Systems Committee), the study calls for libraries to respond urgently to the changing needs of researchers and other users.

The webcast was open to 300 users

(54 minutes)

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