Le biblioteche salveranno la generazione Google?

Questa la tesi (e la risposta è affermativa) del bellissimo articolo Saving the Google students di Sara Scribner apparso sul Los Angeles Times il 21 marzo 2010.

Alcuni passaggi:

For the Google generation, closing school libraries could be disastrous. Not teaching kids how to sift through sources is like sending them into the world without knowing how to read.[…]

Closing libraries is always a bad idea, but for the Google generation, it could be disastrous. In a time when information literacy is increasingly crucial to life and work, not teaching kids how to search for information is like sending them out into the world without knowing how to read. […]

Before they graduate from high school, students need to be able tounderstand thephenomenal number of information options at their fingertips, learn how to work with non-Google-style search queries, avoid plagiarism and judge whether the facts before them were culled by an expert in the field or tossed off by a crackpot in the basement.[…]

Librarians can show students how tojudge a website and how to avoid landing on bogus ones. We can also train them to come up with the kind of precision search terms that could save them hours of sorting through a heap of useless hits.[…]

Instead of closing library doors, we need to give librarians the time to teach what they know: basic research survival skills that are as important as reading, writing and math. If we don’t teach our kids to take charge of information, they will get swept aside by it.

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