Digital natives: If you aren't one, get to know one

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Abstract

Purpose – To outline the different learning and working styles between generations in our current digital environment. Design/methodology/approach – Connects common theories of popular author and library industry study. These are presented alongside personal views on the current trends. Findings – As native speakers of digital language, young people think and process information in an entirely different way from previous generations. Experts suggest that they may have remapped their brains. Originality/value – The article stresses the importance of gaining a better understanding of the learning styles and tastes of young people. Libraries should consider tapping into this resource for future development, since these people are the future support base for libraries.

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  • Computer based learning
  • Learning
  • Libraries
  • Video games

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  • Sarah Ann Long

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