Beloit College has released its annual Mindset list. While it is important to note that this list does not wholly account for knowledge and experience, it does serve to capture a state of affairs—be it popular culture, technology or political situation—within the lifespan of the traditional, incoming college student.
It certainly lends itself well to discussion and to reflection upon where we’ve been and where we may be heading. Of interest to those of us who work in libraries is the statement that incoming students have probably never used a card catalog to look for a book (that is, of the traditional cabinet & cardstock variety). While this may well be the case, the essence of the catalog has simply migrated to an online form—in our case, MadCat. Come speak with campus librarians with your questions about how to use MadCat and other library collections; we are here to make that experience a positive one.