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This is the fifth of six blog posts, discussing what EasyBib learned from a second round of analysis of our information literacy surveys, which were administered earlier this year. For more information about how you can be the first to know about our findings, click here.
We’re nearing the end of our deep dive into our survey of 1,200 librarians and 10,000 students, and today’s topic is how often students use the Open Web compared to the amazing resources their library offers. I don’t want to look down on Internet searching, but let’s face it: as librarians, you and I know that there are awesome resources at our students’ fingertips that are not used as often as we’d like.
About 60% of librarians said that, overall, their students use the Open Web very often or all of the time, and when we break it down, that was pretty uniform across all kinds of libraries. The only places where there was any kind of differences in opinion were the district librarians and the librarians who work at two-year community colleges.
District librarians stood out–”only” about 49% see students going to the Internet very often or all of the time. Perhaps, if they’re traveling between schools, they’re seeing a better overall picture than those who work with only one student body.
One may think that academic librarians would have similar “low” percentages in their responses, as they also work with larger student groups across multiple grade levels . . . but that wasn’t quite the case.
Almost 57% of two-year librarians, and 61% of four-year librarians, see that students go to the Internet before library resources first. This very close with how the elementary school, middle school, and high school librarians feel. It was surprising (and somewhat concerning!) to see such a similar level of responses throughout the education space.
Librarians and students are pretty much in agreement, too–58.7% of students say that they go to Google over anything else. The good news? In 2012, 84% of librarians said that they see students using the Open Web very often or all of the time–an almost 25% drop compared to the average 2014 response of 60%.Read More Read More
Announcing: School customization! Now School Edition customers can customize links and school images in the sidebar of EasyBib themselves. This is a great way to link your students directly to important library resources specific to your school, like internal pages, live chat, or email. Check it out below.
Just log in to your School Edition account, got to the upper right-hand corner of the page, and click on the blue link that says “school.” Then, on the next page, click on the link that says, “customization.”
A couple other updates were added recently too. You can now view your Google analytics in EasyBib SchoolAnalytics – a great way to see how much use your school is getting out of the product. Also, our importer feature now supports EBSCO database names.Read More
Newspaper: A daily or weekly publication that contains news; often featuring articles on political events, crime, business, art, entertainment, society, and sports.
Author, F.M. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Article Title. Newspaper Title, pp. xx-xx.
*Note: *If the article is printed on discontinuous pages, list all of the page numbers/ranges and separate them with a comma. (e.g., pp. C2, C4, C7-9.)
Bowman, L. (1990, March 7). Bills Target Lake Erie Mussels. Pittsburgh Press, pp. A4
Author, F.M. (Year, Month Date of Publication). Article Title. Newspaper Title. Retrieved from newspaper homepage URL
Kaplan, K. (2013, October 22). Flu shots may reduce risk of heart attacks, strokes and even death. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved from http://www.latimes.com
*Note: Use the URL of the newspaper’s home page to avoid broken links.