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ASIST 2012 Annual Meeting 
Baltimore, MD, October 26-30, 2012

 
Learning to Discover: Youth Information Literacy in the "I" Digital Age
Dania Bilal, Sanda Erdelez, Jamshid Beheshti and Ross J. Todd

Tuesday, 3:30pm


Summary

Today digital information environment is rich with varied types of information that is available anytime, anywhere at a user's fingertips. While children and young adults constitute a high percent of the online population worldwide and are being characterized as savvy and born digital, there is a need to examine how what has been considered a "distraction" in using the web can be transformed into valuable information that these young users are enable to capture and use at a later time. Models of information seeking in traditional environments may be valuable in predicting partial information seeking of young users. However, they do not account for information discovery or information encountering throughout the information seeking process. This panel will cover digital inquiry and information literacy in the new digital environment and will suggest a new mechanism for a deeper perspective on young users' information seeking.