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Re-designing Services for the Net-Gen and Beyond: a Holistic Review of Pedagogy, Resource and Learning Space.

Beard, J. and Dale, P., 2008. Re-designing Services for the Net-Gen and Beyond: a Holistic Review of Pedagogy, Resource and Learning Space. New Review of Academic Librarianship, 14 (1/2), 99-114.

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DOI: 10.1080/13614530802518941


Oblinger and Oblinger (2005) described the Net Generation or Net Gen, who have never known life without the Internet. They note the incremental nature of change: “One generation’s technology is taken for granted by the next” (p. 2.1). In a world increasingly dominated by technology, the academic library has become a place to learn that is constantly adapting and changing, reflecting “what the student does” (Biggs, 2007). Pathfinder funding from the Higher Education Academy has enabled Bournemouth University (BU) to explore the pedagogies of learning in a hybrid environment and consider how Web 2.0 technologies within a virtual learning environment contribute to the acquisition and development of academic literacy skills. Good library design demonstrates agility and adaptability in the use of space (Heppel et al., 2004). Virtual environments enable integration of resources within the unit of study. Subject librarians, academics, and learning technologists are developing new ways of working together to deliver resources. The rate of change is exponential but is full of opportunity (“Libraries Unleashed,” 2008). In 2009 Bournemouth University will open a new library for postgraduate business students without any books, but with each student equipped with an e-book reader. This article will discuss the academic skills and learning spaces students will need to read for a degree in an environment that is predominantly electronic.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Academic Libraries; Learning Spaces; Library Design; Pedagogy; Reading LIsts; Web 2.0
Group:Academic Services
ID Code:10581
Deposited By: Penny Dale LEFT
Deposited On:06 Aug 2009 18:33
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:23


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