Libraries & Teaching at IUB

Friday, June 02, 2006

Google jockeying

From Educause, here's an article on a phenomenon I'd never heard of before -- "Google jockeying". http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7014.pdf

In the "Scenario" section there's a nice account of what happens when the instructor takes on the role and shows the students how they could be finding better information. I wonder if any faculty members would be interested in having a librarian serve as "Google jockey" occasionally?

2 Comments:

  • Great idea! In addition to doing the jockeying ourselves (what fun!), we could offer library instruction for students to prepare them to be the best Google Jockeys they can be...

    By Blogger Carrie, at 12:05 PM  

  • I kind of like Carrie's idea to offer library instruction for students to prepare them to be Google Jockeys. We all know that lots of times students are doing this anyway. In fact the last couple times I've taught L554 (the SLIS BI class) there have been unofficial Google Jockeys... students who have their laptops and who just automatically go out on the Web to either verify something or find new information. It's come in really handy. So, interestingly, if we offered BI sessions on this "skill," we'd be formalizing something that has been going on informally.

    By Blogger Emily O., at 4:46 PM  

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