I posted this “vent” on LM_NET today:
Sigh….High School kids don’t know the library book catalog
Thanks for being a sympathetic audience. Obviously, I will recover eventually and start doing more direct teaching on the concept. Right now though, I am just shocked. Of course, I know that non-fiction use is down. I can even see most of it shifting to ebook format. But still….
We just asked the following question at the beginning of 9th grade English research project:
If you had to find a book in the library about the Middle Ages, how would you do that?
I am sad to say – NO ONE in the ENTIRE 9th grade knew that the correct answer was to go to the online catalog.
The answers I received in order of frequency were:
- Ask the librarian
- Ask the teacher
- Use the Dewey Decimal signs
- Start at the beginning of the non-fiction section and search till you find a book
- Go to google and search for the dewey decimal system
I tried modifying the question to:
If the entire library and teaching staff were to magically disappear, and you had to find a book in the library about the Middle Ages, how would you do that?
That did not help either. It simply eliminated number 1 & 2 as an option.
My assistant and I have vowed to insist that the kids go to the catalog to find books – even when we know exactly where the book is located. We are doing them no favor by helping too much.