Generational Learning Differences
Are librarians “trend chasing?”
- There are so many group projects, and all the students complain about them. No one wants to be the person carrying the group.
- One library purged books because the admins claimed everyone was learning differently, but that’s not what they see in practice. So many students still want things in print.
- YouTube videos can work really well for some teaching skills, like DIY or crafting.
- There’s a range of needs, and different assignments that are more group-oriented. They’re expected to learn corroboratively so libraries need space for that.
- Some teachers assign TED talks and other videos and there’s a need to watch them in the library, same with recorded lectures.
- MakerSpaces are good if they’re filling a need, but students aren’t always drawn there without an assignment. Also, space is at a premium, people want to use study rooms as conference rooms.
- Eating in the library seems to go hand-in-hand with being loud.
- STAC highly recommends not allowing food during “wing week,” but don’t have a specific policy about that.
There’s a positive hum of work, and the good noise of a library vs. silence. (Susan Orlean had a good phrase about this in her book.)
- Using white noise around the library helps to mask noise
- Audio/visual production space could be a place to keep professional headphones – or a sensory sensitive area for people who need it.
How are we welcoming, quiet, and not squashing collaboration?