I’ve just finished the second of two Friday afternoon demo-lectures for third-year students in the computing school (covering for my colleague, the subject librarian for Computer Science).
I used to be the point of contact for technology subjects (before I made the move to my current e-resources post), and I’d half-forgotten how enjoyable it can be to talk to a body of students who [in general] understand data and the web, can put forward coherent ideas about improving the University’s online services, and in front of whom I’m more prepared to admit the shortcomings of [insert name of any given library or resource discovery tool here] because I’m less afraid of my words being taken out of context.
I’m not (definitely not) trying to imply that there aren’t students of every stripe and subject who possess this attitude and this level of understanding. Just that computing/technology courses naturally attract a higher concentration of them.
Now, if only we could convince the computing lot to borrow a book from time to time… (I joke! I joke!!!)
I’m sure this relates to the Student as Producer agenda somehow, but pardon me if—this late in the working week—I can’t quite articulate how.