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 from 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.
Noteworthy on this year’s list is a statement in its introduction to what has become ubiquitous–that being that this is the “first generation to grow up taking the word “online” for granted and for whom crossing the digital divide has redefined research, original sources and access to information, changing the central experiences and methods in their lives.”
At the libraries, of course, we, your campus librarians, are not strangers to how online resources have transformed how we find and manage information. Should you need assistance in finding and using these resources, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to supply that assistance.