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Millennials in the Library: Today’s Student Library Worker. Eric A. Kidwell Director of the Library Houghton Memorial Library Huntingdon College Alabama Association of College & Research Libraries October 7, 2005. Neil Howe and William Strauss.

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millennials in the library today s student library worker

Millennials in the Library: Today’s Student Library Worker

Eric A. Kidwell

Director of the Library

Houghton Memorial Library

Huntingdon College

Alabama Association of College & Research Libraries

October 7, 2005

neil howe and william strauss
Neil Howe and William Strauss
  • Millennials Rising: the Next Great Generation. New York: Vintage Books, 2000.
the generations of the last century
Generation

Lost

G.I.

Silent

Boom

Gen-X

Millennial *

*(aka Generation Y, Echo Boomers, Net Generation)

Birth Year

1883-1900

1901-1924

1925-1942

1943-1960

1961-1981

1982-2002

The Generations of the Last Century
characteristics of millennials neil strauss
Characteristics of Millennials (Neil & Strauss)
  • Are they pessimists? No.
  • Are they self-absorbed? No.
  • Are they distrustful? No.
  • Are they rule breakers? No.
  • Are they neglected? No.
  • Are they stupid? No.
  • Have they given up on progress? No.
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Dr. Mel Levine, professor of pediatrics at UNC Medical School and director of the Clinical Center for the Study of Development and Learning

  • Levine, Mel. “College Graduates Aren’t Ready for the Real World.” Chronicle of HigherEducation. 18 February 2005: B11 +.
  • Pandemic of “worklife unreadiness.”
  • Levine, Mel. Ready or Not, Here Life Comes. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2005.
  • “Echo Boomers.” 60-Minutes. Narr. Steve Kroft. CBS. 4 September 2005.
the parents of millennials
The Parents of Millennials
  • “Helicopter” Parents
  • Over-scheduling
  • Wills, Eric. “Parent Trap.” Chronicle of HigherEducation. 22 July 2005: A4.
  • University of Vermont – “parent bouncers” – the last line of defense
to change or not to change that is the question
To Change or Not to Change: That Is the Question
  • Carlson, Scott. “The Net Generation Goes to College.” Chronicle of Higher Education. 7 October 2005: A34-37.
  • Richard T. Sweeney, university librarian, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Michael Gorman, dean of library services, California State University at Fresno
  • Naomi S. Baron, professor of linguistics, American University
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Richard T. Sweeney sweeney@njit.edu

Richard T. Sweeney sweeney@njit.edu

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Sweeney, Richard. “Reinventing Library Buildings and Services for the Millennial Generation.” Library Administration andManagement. 19 (2005): 165-175.http://www.library.njit.edu/staff- olders/sweeney/index.html

ucla higher education research institute
UCLA Higher Education Research Institute
  • Annual survey of incoming first-year students
  • 2004 survey:
    • Students rated themselves above average or in highest 10 percent in (top ten)
      • Kindness
      • Drive to achieve
      • Academic ability
      • Cooperativeness
      • Compassion
      • Generosity
      • Understanding of others
      • Leadership ability
      • Self-confidence (intellectual)
      • Forgiveness