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KansDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-04-10 12:26 PM
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1. This is an abomination!
I've worked in libraries for some 20 years, I've seen what happens to students who don't learn library skills at an early age.

I've seen kids, and adults for that matter, who don't know how to use a dictionary. Or how to look up an article in the encyclopedia. Or use a computers. Hell, I've even encountered patrons who can't use the local phone book!

And many of these kids come from "magnet" or "charter" schools who have closed their libraries to save money, and instead have something called "book collections" :shrug:

But the bottom line is "information fluency and literacy." If kids, and the adults they grow up to be, can't find information, they are doomed ot a life of requiring someone else to do it for them.

We are doing them no favors by enabling their shortcomings.

I occasionally teach database searching to KC students. As I began each demonstration of how to find information, I say, "The key to happiness is self-reliance. If you can't find the information you need, you'll be dependent on someone else to do it for you...all of your life."
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