A Few Findings About College Students, Collective Curiosity, and Libraries

In the fall of 2011, David assigned a media fast to the 80 students enrolled in his Introduction to Media Studies course. “Log off from all electronic and digital media,” David told his students, “and remain logged off until it becomes dangerous, impossible, or unbearable.”

At this BayNet 2012 talk, David shared student responses to the media fast (the good, the bad, and the terrifyingly bad) as well as various information-seeking behaviors among the so-called digital natives. Along the way, David shared his ideas of collective curiosity and how libraries are ideally positioned for tomorrow’s learners.

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