Daily Archives: June 22, 2006

Coping With The Data Deluge

Have you given much thought recently to the amount of data your researchers generate? Probably not. Where’s it going and who’s archiving it? Thanks to digital technology, scientists are generating vast amounts of valuable data that, months later, may be irretrievable or indecipherable. This could be a job for the academic library. This week’s Chronicle has a feature article about the “data deluge” and how some institutions are dealing with the challenges it brings. If this is an issue that concerns you or if your library is already tackling the problem you may want to join the Chronicle’s live online discussion on Thursday (6/22) at 2 p.m EST. The discussion will focus on what libraries should do about the “data deluge” in science. The discussion will be lead by Scott Brandt, an associate dean of libraries at Purdue University, as he outlines his institution’s attempt to set up data repositories for faculty scientists. He will answer questions and respond to comments on the topic. Questions or comments about the topic are welcome anytime: http://chronicle.com/colloquy/2006/06/data/

Rude Students May Belong To Generation Me

Does it seem like the traditional (18-22) students showing up at your college or university are behaving more rudely than past generations of students? If you said yes it’s not necessarily an indicator that you are getting more crotchety. It appears there really is some truth to the notion that incoming students are more rude than past generations. But some new sociological studies suggest the students’ rude behavior isn’t intentional. Rather, they are simply exhibiting a more isolated form of behavior in which they are oblivious to adults like you. A new book documents the phenonmenon, and explains some of the reasons. What are some of these significant behavioral changes?:

  • Living in a technology dominated world, with social lives that are revealed online, the new generation has a different concept of privacy and personal boundaries.
  • Making a good impression means far less to them.
  • Exhibiting rude behavior, such as listening to an mp3 player or playing a video game while others are present, is thought to be part of living in a technology bubble.

    You may recall the “Me Generation.” This late seventies – early eighties phenomenon spawned a generation with an egocentric life perspective characterized by a materialistic lifestyle. Today’s “Generation Me” is quite different. Generation Me has access to ubiquitous technology, and can always be in touch with peers even though they are isolated in their own technology bubble. Think of students who maintain contact with friends primarily through IM or social networks while alone in their room. So what can we do to better connect with Generation Me? What are good strategies to use the next time students are text messaging during your instruction session? Start by taking a look at this article that introduces some of the issues. It may be an issue that will take an organized effort on a campus geared towards developing more civility and community. Perhaps the best thing is for academic librarians to understand this phenomenon, realize that there’s more to uncivil behavior than meets the eye, and to work with academic colleagues to develop programming that will encourage students to emerge from their technology bubble.