Advanced Info – Blog Post 1 – Digital Natives

Due Saturday January 7th @ 11:59pm Read Prensky’s “Digital Natives” article and the excerpt from Tapscott’s Grown Up Digital.

How does the concept of digital natives effect the services delivered in an academic/research or special library reference department?

Answer :  

Digital Natives – Those first-born generation students and learners born in the world with digital technologies.

Digital Immigrants – Those are born in the digital world, yet later point in their life will be adopted in it.

The concept of digital native effect the services delivered in an academic/ research or special library reference department is that the academic/special librarians will have to be “digital native speakers” or have a relative awareness of technology knowledge. That librarians are going to bring both legacy content (traditional learning) and future content (digital technology) when delivering services to their patrons. However, it’s difficult to bring on these services if a librarian has not yet adapted to new technology or even if a tech savvy. It depends on your schooling as well; you can go to college and university, learning how to use the integrated library systems, Microsoft software, video editing and web designing. Underneath that depends if they are Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants. When in interviews librarians are likely to explain the academic atmosphere and keen interest in research, not I am a digital native or digital immigrants. Technology is moving forward and fast. New phones, drones, social media platforms, software and tools and high-speed internet. Some people have all the access to all the grand technology, well others never or later was adopted. This is a big issue. If technology is moving faster than us, how do we keep up? I grew up when technology was slowly raising and growing. I grew up with basic computer literacy and did not have more knowledge until I went to college. I got a phone recently, using the newest laptop and learning basic library systems. That is a big gap to some who are tech savvy. Colleges and Universities needs to bring more education on the new advance technology, government needs to give more funding to libraries to give the opportunity to give digital natives to teach digital immigrants. We need libraries not only using technology but creating technology. Be able to know what the front and back of a program/ software., How do we balance out digital natives and digital immigrants in a library setting – more schooling? more conferences and workshops? More funding? all three.

Another concept of digital native effect the services delivered in an academic/ research or special library reference department is moving toward the interactive learning than broadcasting learning. Libraries have been moving toward how to not see their patrons as one group, but as a individual. This is will be open a much understanding and idea on how the student learns, by asking on how they learned. Richard Sweeny, university librarian at the New Jersey Institute of Technology says that “They want to learn, but they want to learn only what they have to learn, and they want to learn it in the style that is best for them. (Grown up digital – The Net Generation as Learners, 2017). Individuals could be visual, aural, verbal and physical learners. Individuals can either have one than one of these types of learning styles or just one, either way its criterial to know how they are going to understand the material – print/ electronic, learning kits, text to sound etc. I think with funding from the government, the services provided from the academic/ special reference department and the help from digital natives and digital immigrants the outcome will be greater.

Cited Work

Grown uo digital – The Net Generation as Learners. (2017) (1st ed., p. 130).


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