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Monday, November 09, 2009

No Natives Here

This study explores Web 2.0 technologies in an academic library through focus groups with undergraduates at Kent State University. Results reveal that students, despite being heavy users, are less sophisticated and expressive in their use of Web 2.0 than presumed. Students set clear boundaries between educational and social spaces on the Web, and the library may be best served by building Web 2.0 into its site and extending its services into course management systems.

No Natives Here: A Focus Group Study of Student Perceptions of Web 2.0 and the Academic Library'. The Journal of Academic Librarianship 35(6):523-532.

Comment: In my experience, this observation was true 2-3 years ago, but at the University of Leicester at least, is no longer true and the barriers between educational and social spaces online are breaking down rapidly.