In the post are 2 hard copies of the journal Scan and I’m alerted, in one of the articles by my colleague Lyn Hay and byColleen Foley, to a report on the Google generation by 2 UK academics. The report argues that the Google generation are people born after 1993 who are “growing up in a world dominated by the internet’. One of the interesting aspects of the report is the negativeviews of the Google generation which are pointed out by the authors. This will be familar territory for TLs who are witness to the often limited ability of the Google generation to actually use Google effectively. The report refers to research showing that student information literacy ‘has not improved by widening access to technology’; that students tend to rush searches and lack a focus on evaluation of what they find; that students’ search strategies are often limited; and that students’ effective use of keywords in searching is often lacking. One of the recommendations is that libraries become more ‘e-consumer friendly’ and ‘less stodgy and intellectual’. How does this fit with your library?
I’ve been growing courgettes this year – first time for many years. If you’re reading this in Australia, then you’ll be more familiar with the term zuchini. The French and the British don’t often share terms but in the UK, the term is courgette. The origin of the vegetable is from Mexico about 7-9 thousandyears ago. I like to use courgettes in cooking Italian recipes such as lasagne or spaghetti dishes but they are a tasty ingredient of ratatouille. The courgette flowers are attractive (see picture below) and you can eat them, although I’ve never tried it.