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Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University (A Research Report) by Char Booth, examines one institution’s efforts to move away from technolust and towards a “culture of assessment." It presents findings from an environmental scan conducted at Ohio University, which investigated the convergence of students, libraries, and emerging information, communication, and academic tools. The author uses survey data to test generational and demographic assumptions that often guide technology development in academic libraries. The identification of student behaviors related to emerging and social technologies and the implications indicated by those behaviors are central to this study. The need for local user assessment is a fundamental message in this volume, which shares practical research strategies and methods with the reader. University and college libraries can use this case study and its appended survey instrument template to conduct similar investigations on their campuses.

Foreword by Joan K. Lippincott
Introduction: Testing Technolust

PART ONE: Local Insight to Library Practice: Informing Innovation through User Research
1. Change and Response
2. Literature Review
Demographics and User Profiling
Generations in Transition
Student Technology Use and Ownership
A Demographic Divide
Shifting Literacies
Technology Integration in Higher Education
3. Local User Research: Design, Implementation, and Analysis

PART TWO: A Case-study in Environmental Scanning: Findings and Implications Findings and Implications
4. Participant Demographics
5. Findings: Student Technology Cultures
a. Ownership
b. Use
c. Skill
d. Adoption
6. Student Library Profiles
a. Use
b. Perceptions
c. Skill
d. Technology Receptivity
7. Trends in Technology Receptivity
8. Conclusion

Appendices A, B, and C

Char Booth

Char Booth is Associate Dean of the University Library at CSU San Marcos. A 2007 ALA Emerging Leader and 2008 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, Char blogs about library futures, instructional design, and technology literacy at info-mational, and tweets @charbooth. Her books include Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University and Reflective Teaching, Effective Learning; Instructional Literacy for Library Educators. Char completed an ME in educational technology at Ohio University in 2008, an MSIS at the University of Texas at Austin's School of Information in 2005, and a BA in history at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 2001.