The View from Academe

Mimi Drake pointed out that “in academe we do everything” and “everyone is a desktop user.” There’s differences not only in the expertise of faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduates but also among academic institutions. Undergraduates “know how to P and C” (that’s point and click, she explained) but there’s lots of other things they don’t know, like how to evaluate what they find on Google and that information on their laptops come from the library not the computing center. Faculty don’t believe that copyright restrictions apply to them; undergraduates never heard of copyright. Undergraduates are seduced by the visual, grad students want to get their PhD’s as fast as possible.

Mimi ended with the traditional plea to information producers to consider librarians their partners and recognize that librarians sell the products produced by NFAIS attendees to the academic community. I guess I wonder why we still have to say this.

Marydee Ojala
Editor, ONLINE: The Leading Magazine for Information Professionals

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