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Millennial Students

Impact on the Library

December 1, 2004

For Immediate Release

STILLWATER -Most undergraduates are members of a new generation, the Millennial Generation. These students, born after 1982, are characterized as being highly technically savvy, team oriented, sheltered, and tightly connected to their social network. The Millennials learn differently and interact differently than previous generations of students. In order to effectively meet the research and study needs of our students, the Library is in the process of redesigning our facilities and services. This process is taking place at academic libraries across the country.

The plan has been referred to as creating a Student Success Center or an Information Commons. The goal is to bring together most of the essential library services for students on the first floor to eventually include individual and group computer workstations, improved shelving for the current journals, group study and collaboration rooms, and library reference services and print reference collection. Concentrating these services on the first floor will make it possible to keep this floor open 24 hours a day, five days a week. It is not intended to create a space for students to merely socialize. It is intended to create a place that encourages today’s student to come into the Library and utilize both our collection resources and our reference librarians. These steps will enable us to create more quiet study areas on the remaining floors.

Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant system that cuts across disciplines to better prepare students for a new world. Oklahoma's only university with a statewide presence, OSU improves the lives of people in Oklahoma, the nation, and the world through integrated, high-quality teaching, research and outreach. OSU has more than 32,000 students across its five-campus system and nearly 21,000 on its Stillwater campus; with students from all 50 states and about 110 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 200,000 students who have made a lasting impact on Oklahoma and the world. CREATE - INNOVATE - EDUCATE - GO STATE!

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URL: http://www.library.okstate.edu/news/fall04/millennial.htm
Last Updated: 1 December 2004

Media Contact:

Bonnie Ann Cain-Wood, APR
Email: lib-pub@okstate.edu
Phone: (405) 744-7331

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