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Article summary: George Lorenzo, Diana Oblinger, and Charles Dziuban

In Honours blog on August 7, 2009 at 6:45 am

By George Lorenzo, Diana Oblinger, and Charles Dziuban. How Choice, Co-Creation, and Culture Are Changing What It Means to Be Net Savvy” published on the Web in October 2006 as a white paper by the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI).

“The nature of information itself has changed. In text and other formats, information is not just created by experts—it is created and co-created by amateurs. We can select what information to receive (via RSS, for example), and it comes to us—we don’t have to seek it out. More than ever before, we can choose what, when, and where to use information. With all these choices, do we really know what we are doing, whether the information is valid, or how best to use it?” (pg. 1)
How young people use the internet:
“Among student respondents:

  • 72 percent of college students ranked search engines as their first choice for finding information;
  • 2 percent use library Web sites as the starting point for an information search;
  • 67 percent learn about electronic information resources from friends (when excluding search engines);
  • 53 percent believe information from search engines is as trustworthy as library information;
  • 36 percent use librarians to cross-reference information for validation; and
  • 80 percent use other Web sites with similar information as a validation tool, slightly more than those who use instructors for validation (78 percent).2

Respondents 14 to 17 years old revealed that

  • they use friends, relatives, library materials, and librarians to cross-reference information for validation more so than today’s college students do;
  • 34 percent visit their public library at least monthly; and
  • while they use electronic resources more readily than older respondents, only 20 percent who have used a library Web site completely agree that it provides worthwhile information; this compares with 45 percent of college students who completely agree.3″ (pg. 1-2)
“Using RSS technology allows users to obtain information—tailored to their preferences—through Web browsers. Many blogs and other content providers display a small RSS icon that alerts users that a feed is available. When a visitor signs up for a feed and installs an RSS reader on his or her computer, the reader will receive regular updates from the original content source. RSS influences how people find information. Should an understanding of RSS be part of becoming information literate?” (pg. 3) It think so.

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