Research & Development | December 04, 2017
Information literacy can be a hard concept for millennial employees who have grown up using search engines. Corporate librarians can give them tools they need to succeed.
Your new grad employees, or millennials, have proven to be technologically savvy. Having grown up in the age of the internet, they may know how to find information, but do they know how to conduct research?
Today, anyone can execute a Google search. It only takes seconds to type in a keyword and receive countless results — some helpful and some not so helpful. Information from popular search engines can often be misleading, incorrect, outdated or overwhelming. Many millennials have been using search engines to conduct research throughout their academic careers and aren’t aware there is another way.
In order to help millennials conduct successful research, it’s important for corporate librarians to educate and provide additional options to improve their information literacy skills.
According to the American Library Association, information literacy is “a set of abilities requiring individuals to recognize when information is needed and have the ability to locate, evaluate, and use effectively the needed information.”
An information literate person has mastered the following skills:
Developing these skills takes time and practice and many new employees were never equipped with the right tools to grasp these information literacy concepts. Now, as corporate researchers, they must learn how to carefully evaluate the information they receive.
In order to help millennials conduct successful research, it’s important for corporate librarians to educate them and provide additional options to improve their information literacy skills.
There are a few steps that leaders within an organization (librarians, managers, human resources professionals) can take to help ensure that young employees become effective researchers. Some suggestions include:
If your company has invested in databases, it is helpful to have clear instructions so new employees understand their features and functionality. That is why EBSCO has created this simple User Guide — print it out, send it via email or keep it on your company’s intranet. Download the guide today to give your millennial employees a leg-up on corporate research.
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