But oh, despair when the time comes to submit an assignment only to find that a blog post or a you tube clip does not qualify as academically ‘credible’ information. “If only I’d asked for help” Oh how many times I’ve heard that one. “But I’ve already written my assignment, all I need now is some good references to list“.. that one is not an infrequent request either. “I can’t use an eBook because I was told to get a ‘real’ book” Hmmm… how to respond? .. same title, same author, same words.. even the same page numbers.. but blind obedience ” ... it has to be a printed book“.
When did the format or source of the information become more important than the quality and credibility of the information? When did the value of a reference librarian’s professional experience and training become a last resort to technology’s convenience?
Does a person, the first time behind the wheel of a car, assume that the car will show them how to drive, or imbue them with knowledge of road rules and protocol? One day maybe.. but most places a driving instructor is still recognised as necessary. But hey... whether or not those who can help are consulted, whether or not such students may scrape through their exams, let us just hope (unlike situations on the road), that when they face their test in the real world - it will not be a matter of life and death.