Friday, March 03, 2006

Dream Information Machine for Generation Y

"When asked to describe a “dream information machine,” the groups consistently
imagined a machine that was a “mind reader,” that was “intuitive,” and could
determine their information needs without them having to verbalize them.
Clearly, both students and faculty realize the difficulty of verbalizing complex
information needs, and although they think themselves to be clear in their minds
as to what they need, they still wish there was some mechanism that could see
what they envisioned their needs to be instead of having to sacrifice accuracy
during verbalization.

This “dream machine” would also be a one-stop
source for information needs, using voice recognition and natural language to
search to return a comprehensive collection of information sources.
“Portability” and ubiquitous access 24/7 were also important qualities in such a
machine. It is difficult to imagine such a machine ever being developed;
however, the authors remarked on the similarity
between many of the criteria and a reference librarian
." [bolding is
from Information-Seeking Behavior in Generation Y Students: Motivation, Critical Thinking, and Learning Theory by Angela Weiler who is a Public Services Librarian, Coulter Library, Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY

Generation Y until we (online information providers or another start-up) came up with a product that is going to read your mind your best bet would be a librarian.

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