Educating the millennial generation for evidence based information practice

Partridge, Helen L. & Hallam, Gillian C. (2006) Educating the millennial generation for evidence based information practice. Library Hi Tech, 24(3), pp. 400-419.

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Purpose: This paper will consider how library education can best incorporate the professions emerging interest in Evidence Based Practice (EBP) whilst ensuring that the educational experience is meaningful to the contemporary library student.
Design: A learning and teaching model developed by the Queensland University of Technology will be presented as a case study on how the library education curriculum can be developed to incorporate a focus on EBP whilst catering to the unique learning style of the millennial student. Findings: To effectively meet the needs of the millennial student library educators must develop their curriculum to include a real world activities and perspective; be customisable and flexible; incorporate regular feedback; use technology; provide trusted guidance; include the opportunity for social and interactive learning; be visual and kinaesthetic; and include communication that is real, raw, relevant and relational. Value: This paper contributes to the current discussion on how EBP can be effectively integrated into the contemporary library curriculum in general, and meet the learning needs of the millennial student in particular.

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ID Code: 9214
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: generation Y, library and information professionals, evidence based information practice, HERN, learning and teaching model, evidence based librarianship, library education, evidence based practice
DOI: 10.1108/07378830610692163
ISSN: 0737-8831
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Librarianship (080706)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Emerald
Deposited On: 30 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 24 Feb 2015 06:03

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