Engaging the Emerging Generations in Learning and Libraries.
For Generation Z and Generation Alpha (born since 1995), a world of Wi-Fi is the only one they have ever known. Digital is their default, Siri is their personal assistant and with over 6 billion Google searches every day, access to any piece of information is only ever seconds away. Whilst previous generations memorised content ‘just in case’ they needed to know it, for these emerging generations it is about
accessing content ‘just in time’. Libraries continue to adapt to the changing ways that content is accessed, in many cases becoming ‘virtual libraries’ that create spaces for collaboration between students. It is essential that students have access to spaces which facilitate effective learning in this digital era and that promote engagement with deeper learning in this fast moving, information saturated society. In this session, Claire will unpack these key trends and the implications and opportunities for teacher librarians.
Claire Madden (www.clairemadden.com) is a leading voice internationally on Generation Z. As an author, social researcher, keynote speaker, and media commentator, Claire is in high demand as an expert in interpreting social trends, demographics, and implications of generational change.