Friday, August 22, 2008

Class of 2012 Beloit College Mindset List

The class of 2012 Beloit College Mindset list is out.

A few that stood out that could have impact on how we deliver library services:

  • The class of 2012 has grown up in an era where computers and rapid communication are the norm,
  • colleges no longer trumpet the fact that residence halls are “wired” and equipped with the latest hardware.
  • Hardly recognize the availability of telephones in their rooms since they have seldom utilized landlines during their adolescence.
  • Will continue to use their cell phones and communicate via texting.
  • Roommates, few of whom have ever shared a bedroom, have already checked out each other on Facebook where they have shared their most personal thoughts with the whole world.
  • GPS satellite navigation systems have always been available.
  • WWW has never stood for World Wide Wrestling.
  • They may have been given a Nintendo Game Boy to play with in the crib.
  • Windows 3.0 operating system made IBM PCs user-friendly the year they were born.
  • As a precursor to “whatever,” they have recognized that some people “just don’t get it.”
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