Oregon Virtual Reference Summit Podcasts
While we're on the subject of podcasts... From Caleb Tucker-Raymond:
Two podcasts are online from presentations at the 2007 Oregon Virtual
Reference Summit, June 1 2007 in Bend, Oregon.
Marie Radford gave the plenary session, "I Was Kind of Confused b4".
In Mrs. Radford's words, "The talk focuses on the information-seeking
and communication behaviors of the youngest Millennials - the
Screenagers. I discuss their predilections and characteristics
(multi-tasking, impatience, practicality, convenience, etc.) as well as
their perceptions of librarians ('I don't trust librarians, I trust
Google') and fear of cyber-predators in chat rooms that extends to chat
librarians ('I don't like to chat with strangers.')" (see her blog post,
The second podcast, "What students need, what schools need", a panel of
teens, teen librarians and school librarians discussing how Oregon's
virtual reference service can appropriately respond to students'
requests for help.
Between 60 and 80% of our virtual reference users are K-12 students.
Often, there is tension between the student's desire to take the
shortest route possible to complete an assignment and the
school/teacher's desire that visiting the library be a learning
experience for the student.
Featuring JoAnn Grant and Victoria, High Desert Middle School, Jessica
Lorentz-Smith, Bend High School, Patty Sorensen, Oregon State Library,
and April Witteveen, Deschutes County Library System.
See more details, notes, slides, etc at www.oregonlibraries.net/summit.